IPL 2013: Chris Gayle breaks records, leads Royal Challengers Bangalore to huge win
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It was a Chris Gayle (175 not out and 2/5) show as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Pune Warriors in convincing fashion in Bangalore today.
There was a slight delay early on due to rain, but what followed next was brutal. Chris Gayle hammered a 30-ball hundred and cleared the ropes, stands and roofs with utmost ease to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to 263/5.
It was an impossible chase and needed a knock better than Gayle. Bangalore didn't give away easy runs and kept picking wickets at regular intervals. In the end, Pune fell short by runs 130 runs, second biggest win in terms of runs in the history of IPL. And to rub salt to Pune's wounds, Gayle picked up two wickets in his last over.
One expected Pune to give some sort of fight but the visitors were hurt bad by Gayle assault and still looked in shock. Steven Smith's effort with the bat was the only positive for the struggling unit, who will have to regroup after the Gayle storm swept them in Bangalore today.
Seventeen huge sixes and thirteen fours were the highlights of Gayle's stint with the bat. The left-hander made mockery of the Pune Warriors' bowlers and dispatched them to all parts of the park.
Long-on, mid-wicket, extra cover, and the umpires kept asking for fresh balls. Aaron Finch had no clue about what was happening in the middle. The bowlers ran in hard, but returned to see the ball sail into the stands.
Gayle enjoyed facing left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza, who leaked a lot of runs in his first game of the IPL 2013. With Gayle operating in full flow, Dilshan was happy to observe proceedings from the other end and played the assisting role.
The right-hander couldn't continue for long and fell after a watchful 33. Even the skipper Virat Kohli couldn't contribute much and departed after contributing eleven to the board.