Worl’ boss Chris Gayle continues to show poor form in the Indian Premier League, not so, however, his teammates, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers who were both in spanking form as each blasted a century, thus putting their team in a winning position over Gujarat Lions in the IPL on Saturday.
Spectators were all in frenzy as Abraham Benjamin “AB” de Villiers put on a stunning display of batsmanship blasting an unbeaten 129 runs from 52 deliveries. Captain Kohli also made life difficult for Gujarat Lions, stroking 109 delightful runs off 55 balls – his third century thus far in the series.
De Villiers struck 10 fours and 12 sixes while Kohli amassed five fours and eight sixes as they put on a record 229 for the second wicket off 96 deliveries – a partnership that changed the course of the game after Gayle had fallen cheaply yet again in the fourth over with the score on 19 for one.
When the batting massacre was all over, RCB piled up a mammoth total of 248 for three off their 20 overs.
Gayle was in trouble from start as he could not get the ball off the pitch in his inimitable style and after 13 deliveries he was out for a measly six runs chopping the ball from seamer Dhawal Kulkarni, into his stump to register his fifth straight single digit score this season.
Gayle, 36, now has scores 1, 0, 7, 5 and 6 and has gone eight innings overall without a double figure score since his unbeaten hundred against England in West Indies’ opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup in March.
West Indies teammate Dwayne Bravo struggled with the ball, conceding 46 runs from three overs of medium pace, while also going wicket-less.
In reply, Gujarat Lions slumped to 104 all out off 18.4 overs as former Barbados and current England seamer Chris Jordan destroyed the innings with a superb spell of four for 11 from three overs.
Barbados and West Indies opener Dwayne Smith managed just seven at the top of the order while Bravo also failed with the bat, scoring just one batting at number six.
The victory kept RCB in playoff contention, in sixth place on 10 points while Lions wasted the opportunity to go top of the standings. They lie third on 14 points alongside leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad and second placed Kolkata Knight Riders.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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