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Vettori praises openers for electrifying start

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori was full of praise for Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal after his side secured their place in the IPL final against the Chennai Super Kings.

The openers took advantage of the fielding restrictions to score 68 runs during the power play overs to give the Royal Challengers the advantage against a misfiring Mumbia Indians bowling attack.

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.

"We have played very well. Once again Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal gave us a good start in the beginning and it was so much easier for us," said Vettori after the match.

"Once you put that kind of performance it was going to be tough for Mumbai Indians, particularly when we have got some economical bowlers," he added.

"Looking at the statistics of teams winning batting first at Chennai, we wanted to bat first. It worked out and some days it does not work out."

The Kiwi also denied the Royal Challengers were too reliant on Gayle, despite another dominate performance by the West Indian with the bat.

"Chris had fired most of the times when we picked him to play. AB has had a good tournament too and many guys in our team could do it. But obvious we have Chris Gayle as well," he said.

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