Indians blown away by Gayle force storm
Chris Gayle was at his destructive best to help the Royal Challengers take control of their qualifying final against the Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The West Indian stared with the bat once again to help the Royal Challengers reach 185-4 against a beleaguered Indians attack who were blown away by Gayle during the first half of the innings.
After failing with the bat against the Chennai Super Kings, the opener smashed 89 runs from just 47 deliveries which included 9 fours and 5 sixes to put the Royal Challengers in control of the match.
Gayle fell 11 runs short of his 3rd century in this year’s tournament when he was caught by James Franklin out on the long on boundary in the 15th over after the West Indian tried to dispatch Munaf Patel for his 6th six of the innings.
Virat Kohli (8) quickly followed before Lasith Malinga produced one of the catches of the tournament to remove Luke Pomersbach (4) after the Sri Lankan dived one handed to pluck the ball out of the air at short third man to leave the Royal Challengers 157-4.
Having got of to a stunning start the Royal Challengers started to lose the momentum during the closing stages of their innings as the Indians fought their way back into the game.
Despite the mini collapse AB de Villiers (21) and Saurabh Tiwary (8) added 28 vital runs during a 5th wicket stand to leave the Indians facing a run chase of 186 to reach tomorrow nights final.
Gayle and Mayank Agarwal destroyed the Indians bowling attack during an opening stand of 113 which put the Royal Challengers in control of the game
The Pair smashed 13 fours and 4 sixes during a devastating spell of big hitting as they dispatched the Indians bowlers around the MA Chidambaram Stadium with ease.
Abu Necham suffered the most; the 22 year old conceded 38 runs from just two overs including 27 runs from the opening over which set a new IPL record.
With the partnership building Kieron Pollard finally made the break through in the 11th over when Agarwal (41) was caught by Rohit Sharma out on the long on boundary; it was a big relief for Sharma after dropping Agarwal three balls earlier.
Having been put into bat, the Royal Challengers got off to a lightning start as Gayle and Agarwal took advantage of the fielding restrictions to score 68 runs during the opening six overs.
Gayle led the way, smashing 39 runs from just 19 deliveries which included three boundaries and a six from the opening over which was bowled by Necham.
Agarwal followed Gayle’s lead, scoring three boundaries and a six during the next two overs to give the Royal Challengers the perfect start which immediately put the Indians under pressure.