IPL, Highlights: Aaron Finch, Andrew Tye power Gujarat Lions to big win over Royal Challengers Bangalore
Aaron Finch’s 34-ball 72 and Andrew Tye’s three-wicket haul helped Gujarat Lions maul Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in an IPL 2017 clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Get full cricket score of RCB vs GL hereUpdated: Apr 27, 2017 23:44 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Gujarat Lions beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets to register their third win in 2017 Indian Premier League. Chasing a target of 135, GL lost openers Brendon McCullum and Ishan Kishan early but Aaron Finch’s blistering half-century coasted them home with 37 balls to spare. The visitors have now risen to sixth with 6 points in eight games while Virat Kohli’s men have slipped to seventh position. Earlier, Andrew Tye’s 3/12 and Ravindra Jadeja’s double strike helped Gujarat Lions restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 134. Get full cricket score of RCB vs GL here (SCORECARD | STREAMING | IPL 2017 COVERAGE)
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Tye (Man of the Match): “The execution of the hat-trick ball was not as good as the last time (laughs). Glad we got the result tonight. My plan to Gayle was to hit a good length and not give anything away. I got it on the right spot. The ball came on nicely, it was a pretty good wicket. It had some pace in it and suited our attack tonight. Nathu Singh has the skill to be at this level. Basil has shown class at this level. Those two have bright futures ahead of them. I love the IPL, the schedule has been hectic, but India is always a special place to play cricket.”
Raina: “We did very well in all departments. AJ, Faulkner, and Jadeja bowled really well. Then Finchy batted brilliantly. The wicket did something with the new ball. AJ took back-to-back wickets. That was the turning point. It was a team effort today. Basil and Nathu were also accurate. Finch was smashing everything, I was just looking at ones and twos. Today’s win gives us a lot of confidence.”
Kohli: “It is never easy to lose games. We need to get better with our performances. You got to come out and play with intent. We tried to do it with the bat. The only way to come out of it is to play positive cricket. We are putting too much pressure on the team. Individuals need to stand up and take responsibility. The ball was coming on decently well. Both the innings under lights the ball behaves the same. Credit to Finch he played a fantastic knock. In a small chase it is important if one guys takes the momentum.”
22:58 hrs IST: Single and that wraps up a seven-wicket win for Gujarat Lions. RCB virtually knocked out of playoff race.
22:53 hrs IST: SIX! Flighted delivery from Negi, Raina steps out and powers it over mid-wicket boundary.
22:51 hrs IST: WICKET! Finch departs after a blistering 72. Sealed the deal (almost) for visitors in close to 40 minutes.
22:48 hrs IST: GL need 20 off 48. Finch 72*, Raina 17*
22:44 hrs IST: Two sixes in a row from Finch. What a knock this has been! Simply amazing!
22:42 hrs IST: Eight runs off Chahal’s second. GL need 46 off 60. Finch 52*, Raina 11*
22:38 hrs IST: FOUR! Too wide from Chahal, Raina reaches for it and helps it past the fielder at short third-man for his first boundary.
22:37 hrs IST: Finch’s fifty off 22 balls is the fastest by a Gujarat Lions player in IPL.
22:35 hrs IST: Two more runs and that’s fifty for Finch. His 12th in IPL. GL need 54 off 66. Seems all too easy now. Strategic time-out.
22:32 hrs IST: SIX! What a shot from Finch! Half-volley onto his pads and he launches it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
22:30 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Finch. He seems to be in a hurry. Moves into 40s.
22:28 hrs IST: Double off the last ball for Finch. GL need 73 off 72 balls.
22:26 hrs IST: SIX! Tossed up, Finch dances down the track and smashes it in the gap between deep mid-wicket and long-on.
22:24 hrs IST: Chahal comes into the attack.
22:22 hrs IST: Magnificent over from Aniket Chaudhary. Just two runs off it. GL need 84 off 78 balls.
22:18 hrs IST: Two more boundaries for Finch. The Australian opener is on top form. Moves to 25 off just 9 balls. GL are 49/2 after 6 overs.
22:14 hrs IST: SIX! Another one. Fuller length from Badree and Finch powers it over wide-long boundary.
22:13 hrs IST: SIX! Flatter delivery from Badree, Finch makes room and hammers it over deep mid-wicket.
22:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Just the scalp RCB needed. The dangerous McCullum departs for 3(6). Badree takes his second of the night.
22:09 hrs IST: Another good over for RCB. This time it’s Aravind. GL are 23/1 after 4 overs.
22:05 hrs IST: Aravind to continue.
22:04 hrs IST: Good over from Badree. Six runs and a wicket. GL are 19/1 after 3 overs.
22:02 hrs IST: OUT! Kishan LBW Badree 16(11).
22:00 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short from Badree, Kishan rocks back and creams it over square leg for one bounce four.
21:58 hrs IST: Kishan hits another boundary, this time off Sreenath Aravind, through the covers. GL 13/0 after two overs (Kishan 12*, McCullum 1*).
21:54 hrs IST: Kishan starts off with two boundaries in the first over. GL 8/0 in 1 over (Kishan 8*, McCullum 0*).
21:52 hrs IST: Samuel Badree to open the bowling for RCB in GL’s chase. Ishan Kishan and Brendon McCullum start GL’s batting.
21:37 hrs IST: And that’s it. RCB finish on 134 (all out). For the first time in history of IPL, RCB have been bowled out in consecutive games. We’ll back in a few minutes time with GL’s reply.
21:31 hrs IST: Faulkner to bowl the final six balls.
21:30 hrs IST: Single for Aniket. RCB are 130/8 after 19 overs.
21:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Juicy full-toss from Thampi and Aravind hits it through deep extra cover for his first boundary.
21:26 hrs IST: Should be fair to say RCB haven’t played well as a team. Can’t always rely on big players to deliver. Plus, the bowling has been average.
21:23 hrs IST: Five runs off Faulkner’s second. RCB are 116/8 after 17 overs.
21:19 hrs IST: WICKET! Tye gets his third. Mandeep goes for 8(14). Pathetic performance from RCB.
21:15 hrs IST: RCB are 107/7 after 15 overs. Mandeep 7*, Aravind 1*. Can they get to 150?
21:12 hrs IST: OUT! Badree departs for three. Second wicket for Jadeja. Ishan Kishan runs in from deep mid-wicket to complete a brilliant diving catch at wide long-on.
21:09 hrs IST: RCB are 102/6 after 14 overs. Strategic time-out.
21:06 hrs IST: WICKET! And just as when a partnership seemed to be building, the hosts lose someone. Negi this time. Departs for 32(19). Maiden IPL scalp for Soni.
21:05 hrs IST: Two sixes from Negi. He has looked in positive frame of mind right from the word go.
21:03 hrs IST: Costly start from Faulkner. 11 runs off it. RCB are 88/5 after 13 overs.
21:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish length from Faulkner, Negi makes room and drives it past cover.
21:00 hrs IST: Faulkner comes in for his first over.
21:00 hrs IST: Four runs off Tye’s second. RCB are 77/5 after 12 overs.
20:57 hrs IST: Tye comes back into the attack.
20:56 hrs IST: The only thing playing on RCB’s players minds would be play the full 20 overs.
20:55 hrs IST: Solid from Jadeja. Just three runs off the next four balls. RCB are 73/5 after 11 overs. Negi 12*, Mandeep 1*
20:53 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Negi, but the damage has already been done.
20:51 hrs IST: Brilliant over from Soni. Just three runs off it. RCB are 61/5 after 10 overs.
20:49 hrs IST: WICKET! An awful mix-up. Just the thing RCB didn’t need at this stage. AB de Villiers gone for 5(11). Jadeja strikes, this time in the field.
20:46 hrs IST: RCB in desperate need of a big partnership or else, anything around 160 would be an easy chase for Suresh Raina’s men.
20:44 hrs IST: OUT! Big blow for the hosts. Jadhav b Jadeja 31(18). RCB are 58/4 after 8.4 overs.
20:43 hrs IST: Single for Jadhav. RCB are 56/3 after 8 overs. Jadhav 30*, de Villiers 4*
20:40 hrs IST: SIX! Jadhav gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket. Needs to get going.
20:38 hrs IST: Leggie Ankit Soni. His first game in IPL 2017.
20:37 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Jadhav. RCB are 45/3 after 7 overs. Jadhav 21*, de Villiers 2*
20:35 hrs IST: FOUR! Tossed up, Jadhav gets on the front-foot and lofts it over cover. Moves to 19.
20:34 hrs IST: Jadeja now. He has been patchy so far in the tournament.
20:33 hrs IST: Three boundaries in a row from Jadhav. Looks in stupendous form. RCB are 35/3 after 6 overs. Jadhav 13*, de Villiers 0*
20:31 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length from Thampi and Jadhav pulls it away through mid-wicket boundary.
20:28 hrs IST: Excellent over from Tye. Two wickets and a run. RCB are 23/3 after 5 overs.
20:27 hrs IST: And he avoids the hattrick with a solid defence.
20:26 hrs IST: Jadhav is in at No. 5
20:25 hrs IST: WICKET! What is happening at Chinnaswamy! Head gets a thick outside edge and Raina does the rest at first slip. Tye on a hattrick (again). RCB are 22/3 after 4.2 overs.
20:23 hrs IST: OUT! And the Australian strikes in no time. Gets rid of Gayle for 8(11). RCB are 22/2 after 4.1 overs.
20:21 hrs IST: Tye comes into the attack.
20:20 hrs IST: WICKET! Thampi gets the Big Fish. Kohli departs for 10(13). RCB are 22/1 after 4 overs.
20:18 hrs IST: Decent over from Thampi so far. Five runs off the first four balls.
20:15 hrs IST: Thampi again.
20:13 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary for Gayle. Full and wide from Nathu, Gayle stretches his arms and finds the gap between third-man and backward point. RCB are 17/0 after 3 overs. Gayle 7*, Kohli 7*
20:10 hrs IST: Nathu to continue.
20:09 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. RCB are 10/0 after 2 overs. Kohli 7*, Gayle 2*
20:08 hrs IST: SIX! Length delivery from Thampi, on pads, Kohli flicks it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
20:05 hrs IST: Basil Thampi to share the new ball with Nathu.
20:04 hrs IST: Tidy start from Nathu. RCB are 3/0 after first over. Kohli 1*, Gayle 1*
20:03 hrs IST: First runs for Kohli. Works it to square leg for a quick single.
20:02 hrs IST: Gayle gets off the mark. On his pads, helps it to square leg for a single.
20:01 hrs IST: Straightaway some shape for Nathu. He bowled well with the new ball vs KXIP.
19:59 hrs IST: Raina leads GL team into the middle. Gayle to take strike. Nathu Singh to bowl the first over.
19:58 hrs IST: Time for live action.
19:50 hrs IST: RCB have won three and lost just one in four matches played against GL. They beat Suresh Raina’s men by 21 runs at Rajkot in the first meeting of this year.
19:42 hrs IST: So Irfan Pathan will have to wait for his first game. As for RCB, Tymal Mills has a niggle in his back. Travis Head comes in. Aniket Chaudhary replaces Stuart Binny.
19:36 hrs IST: Playing XI -
RCB: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), Mandeep Singh, AB de Villiers, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav(wk), Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary
GL: Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Andrew Tye, Nathu Singh, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni
19:31 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions have won the toss and have opted to bowl first.
19:27 hrs IST: Brendon McCullum is all set to become the 30th player to complete a century of matches in this annual tournament. The former New Zealand captain played 76 matches for Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Kolkata Knight Riders before joining the current team Gujarat Lions last year.
19:21 hrs IST: Irfan Pathan, who was announced as Dwayne Bravo’s replacement a couple of days back, is seen warming up. Looks set to play his first game for GL.
19:19 hrs IST: So the good news is the weather is fine in Bengaluru. As such no threat of rain. 19:30 hrs start is well on the cards.
19:15 hrs IST: Mumbai Indians’ Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel have been the best opening pair in IPL 2017 so far (with 298 runs in eight games)
19:11 hrs IST: From now on, every game is important for RCB. One loss and they are out of the tournament.
STAT ATTACK - Dinesh Karthik needs just 25 runs to become the 11th Indian and 50th batsman overall to complete 4000 runs in T20s. The right hand batsman-cum-wicket keeper from Chennai currently has 3975 runs at an average of 24.38 and a strike rate of 127.81 with nine fifties in 187 innings.
19:02 hrs IST: A warm welcome to our live coverage of match 31 of IPL 2017 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions.
RCB will have to win all their remaining games to keep their hopes alive of making it to playoffs. With the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad called off without a ball being bowled due to incessant rain, Royal Challengers Bangalore had to settle for just one point. They have only two wins from eight games so far and the maximum they can reach is 17 points.
On the other hand, Gujarat Lions – who are languishing at the bottom with just two wins from seven games – have continued to play at least three overseas batsmen, which in a way isn’t understandable as a depleted bowling lineup has failed to cash-in on crucial moments. It’s a no-brainer that GL need more experience there.
This will the second meeting between both teams this season. The first time - RCB rode on brilliant knocks from skipper Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle to register a 21-run win at Rajkot.
First Published: Apr 27, 2017 18:44 IST