The fans present at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday were in for a treat when they got to witness a run-fest between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The match no. 20 of Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10 between these two sides turned out to be a high-scoring affair, with runs flowing freely off Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and Brendon McCullum’s willow. Others too were amongst the runs, as bowlers found it tough to get going on the Rajkot track. A total of 405 runs were scored in 40 overs and plenty of records tumbled. Check all such highlights here: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2017, Match 20
Gayle’s 10,000th run & special knock: Gayle needed just three runs to become first man to score 10,000 T20 runs. The perennial slow starter scored those three runs in singles. But once they were out of the way, he smashed his way to a 38-ball 77 (5 x 4s, 7 x 6s). Gayle’s onslaught stopped only when Basil Thampi sent him back, trapping plumb in front of the wickets.
Gayle-Kohli stand: Gayle and Kohli hit at least a four or a six almost every over. The two batsmen put up 100 runs on the board in no time, thus becoming the first pair to register 10 century stands in T20s. The pair behind them in the list is also from RCB — Kohli and AB de Villiers, who have 7 century-plus stands in T20s.
Captain’s special from Kohli: Kohli has a special liking for the Gujarat bowlers. Last year, in IPL 2016, he smashed 63-ball 100 not out — first of his 4 IPL hundreds that season — against GL at Rajkot. In the home fixture against the same side later in that edition, he hammered 55-ball 109 at Bengaluru. Continuing from where he left last year, Kohli hit a fluent 50-ball 64. He also added 125 runs with Gayle for the first wicket, thus paving way for a huge total and setting up the victory.
Travis Head – Kedar Jadhav stand: RCB’s batting was not just about Gayle and Kohli. When the two big men departed, RCB had 159 runs on the board in 16 overs. It was vital to give a fitting end to the terrific platform that had been set. Travis Head and Kedar Jadhav did exactly the same, adding 54 runs in last 4 overs. While Head scored 30* off 16, Jadhav blasted 38* off the same number of balls Head faced. In the end, that partnership proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Baz’s catch & 72: McCullum played a lone hand for most part of GL’s innings. He scored 72 off 44 balls, hitting 2 fours and 7 sixes. Exactly 10 years ago, in first-ever match in IPL’s history, he had smacked 158* for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against RCB. In 10 years, only little has changed. He continues to hit the bowlers with same brutality. In addition, he remains a livewire on the field. Check this video to learn more:
In the 8th over of RCB’s innings, Gayle had already got 15 off Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling. After hitting 2 fours and a six in that over, he went for another big shot over long-off on the final ball. McCullum, positioned there, came running in and dived full length to complete a spectacular catch just near the boundary ropes. However, just when he was about to get up, the top of his floppy hat touched the boundary rope. After many replays, Gayle was ruled not out. Kohli went running towards the boundary to congratulate McCullum for the brilliant catch, thus earning some Fairplay points.
Danny Morrison Vodafone Fan Army: The Vodafone Army, which is a regular at all the IPL games, never fails to catch the eye. Group of youngsters dressed in Vodafone’s Red colours dance all through the match. They have their peculiar steps, which they continue to perform throughout the match. One interesting addition to the army on Tuesday night was a certain Danny Morrison. The former New Zealand bowler, who is in India to commentate for the IPL, was also seen shaking his leg with the army. Moreover, he was dressed like them and also put a weird-looking wig on his head.
RCB spinners: In a high-scoring game, where GL ended on 192 chasing 213, RCB spinners played a crucial role in the victory. Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi and Head together bowled 10 overs between them and conceded just 70 runs. The remaining 10 overs, bowled by the pacers, leaked 120 runs. Besides, Chahal (3) and Negi (1) also picked up wickets, thus proving to be the difference.