IPL 2017, Match 20: GL vs RCB — As it happened...
GL vs RL: Languishing in the bottom of the table, both Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore are desperate to get back to winning ways.
CATCH OF THE MATCH- Mandeep Singh
MAXIMUM SIXES- Chris Gayle (7 sixes)
STYLISH PLAYER- Yuzvendra Chahal
MAN OF THE MATCH- Chris Gayle
RCB win by 21 runs
The Gujarat Lions Innings; Target 214
Over 20 | Score 192/7 | Tye 6 (6) ; Thampi 0 (1)
And it all comes down to the last six balls with 26 needed off it. Milne for the last one. Tye at crease, will be looking to take a single and bring back Ishan at crease. Three off the three deliveries now. 23 off three deliveries needed. Fourth one, paced short ball to the off and Ishan swing it hard to slice it above, not far, hovers over the cover region and Chahal there to take it with ease.
Ishan Kishan c Chahal b Milne 39 (16b)
Thampi comes up now as RCB register a victory, finally
Over 19 | Score 188/6 | Tye 2 (2) ; Ishan 39 (15)
Aravind returns for his last and Ishan goes for the big one off the first ball. But Virat there at long-off....misses the catch and thats a boundary. Second one, slow, well to the off and Ishan slices it over point for a yet another boundary. Aravind changing his side now, but that goes none the way as Kishan goes for yet another. Six! Full toss to the off and he ramps it over long-on. Aravind back to around the wicket and Ishan finishes it off with a six well over square-leg.
Over 18 | Score 167/6 | Tye 2 (2) ; Ishan 19 (9)
And Travis Head is back for his second as Ishan gets a six off the second delivery. Stunner from the youngster as he slogs it over the long-off. And there a poor mishap...confusion whislt looking for a two as Jadeja departs off a run-out.
RA Jadeja run out 23 (22b)
Over 17 | Score 156/5 | Jadeja 21 (20) ; Ishan 12 (7)
The duo at crease need pull off something extra special, something miraculous at this stage to bring their side back to the game. Aravind back for his third over now. Three off the three deliveries bowled till now. Slow delivery, flatter one, goes for a dot. Last ball, and Kishan cracks a lovely six just over long-off.
Over 16 | Score 146/5 | Jadeja 20 (18) ; Ishan 3 (3)
It is Travis Head now into the attack. Virat goes for some off-spin action now. Six off the first five deliveries as asking rate jumps high up to the 16+ mark. Seven in total. Strategic time-out now.
Over 15 | Score 139/5 | Jadeja 16 (15) ; Ishan 0 (0)
80 off six overs needed as Chahal is brought back for his last over now. Three runs so far in the first half of the over. And thats it...thats it for GL as Baz McCullum departs. Off the upper edge off the sweeping bat, and Milne there in the deep to take it.
BB McCullum c Milne b Chahal 72 (44b)
Ishan Kishan comes in at the most crucial moment in the match.
Over 14 | Score 134/4 | Jadeja 12 (11) ; McCullum 71 (42)
Virat brings back Watson for his second over now. Skipper probably hopes that the Aussie can actually bring in all his experience to use now. Fine leg brought in position.
Dot ball to start off with. Second ball, shorter, slight to the off and Jadeja elegantly pulls it past square-leg for a boundary. Fourth one, shorter again, seaming to the leg and Baz strikes the slow ball massively over deep midwicket for a six. Did scare the cheergirls there. Single to finish off.
Over 13 | Score 121/4 | Jadeja 6 (7) ; McCullum 64 (40)
Milne up for his third over now as asking run rate has crept into the 13+ mark. Those successive wickets has done much of the damage as Gujarat seem to be struggling to settle down.
Off the fourth delivery, shorter well side to the off side as Jadeja cuts it high over the gully region past third man for a boundary. And the last one goes for a six downtown. Baz is of course the man to strike it.
Over 12 | Score 107/4 | Jadeja 0 (4) ; McCullum 56 (37)
And Pawan Negi comes up for his fourth and final over now. Jadeja, for the first time with the bat now. Has had a rather splendid home season with the bat too. We all have seen the sword dance during the India-Australia series.
One off the five deliveries. Dot to finish.
Over 11 | Score 106/4 | ; McCullum 55 (35)
And it is Sreenath Aravind replacing Milne for his second over. McCullum continues to be the fear for the RCB players. Run rate still a little over 10 and they got to maintain that. But the over so far is looking in favour of Bengaluru as just three runs have been scored in five balls and then a wicket. Shorter one, cross seam and Dinesh off the middle off the bat strikes it huge but not too far to fly as Virat gets in position to take it.
KD Karthik c Kohli b Aravind 1 (4b)
Over 10 | Score 103/3 | Karthik 0 (2) ; McCullum 50 (30)
Gujarat surely need more of those to stay in the run-chase and both these batsmen need to stick around more. Pawan Negi back for his third over. And thats his fifty. Off the second delivery, blows a punch over the square-leg for a boundary. And 100 up for GL too.
Fourth delivery, slow through the air as Finch steps out to strike it and it turns past the bat and Jadhav does the rest. Finch departs as RCB breaks that important partnership that was building up.
AJ Finch st Jadhav b Negi 19 (15b)
Karthik is the new man at the crease.
Over 9 | Score 95/2 | Finch 19 (14) ; McCullum 46 (28)
Milne returns for his second over. McCullum already looking dangerous. Remember, today was the day when this man struck a sensation 158 run whirlwind off just 73 deliveries at the Eden Gardens, 10 years ago. And he continues with his brilliance today too. Two back-to-back strikes, one four and then a maximum. Last ball, short and wide and Finch cuts it down past point for a boundary.
Over 8 | Score 78/2 | Finch 15 (11) ; McCullum 35 (25)
Shane Watson now comes up for his very first over tonight. Replaces Chahal. Gives away three singles off the first half of the over. Fourth delivery, length ball and Baz picks it up right to hit a mighty, mighty six downtown.
Over 7 | Score 67/2 | Finch 12 (8) ; McCullum 27 (22)
And Virat Kohli brings in Adam Milne into the attack now. Wide ball to start off with. And its wide again, as he seems to be struggling with his line. And a single off the first delivery as Baz strikes it down to cover. Fourth delivery, Milne goes for a flatter outside the leg stump ball and Finch pulls it hard past squre-leg for a boundary. Singleto finish the over. 10 off the over.
Over 6 | Score 57/2 | Finch 7 (4) ; McCullum 25 (20)
Not a very bright start for the Lions as they lose two early and important wickets. And it is Chahal who continues into his third over now. Off the third ball, Finch cracks it over midwicket, inches over the fielder at deep for a six. None racked up in the five deliveries bowled now. Strategic time-out.
Over 4 || Score 37/2 - Brendon McCullum 12 (12b); Aaron Finch 0 (0b)
Skipper gone too soon! Suresh Raina, who was in complete control, was little too hasty for his own comfort, and ended up gifting his wicket.
WICKET: Suresh Raina c Shane Watson b Yuzvendra Chahal 23 (8b)
That happened off the last ball of the over, caught at short fine leg by Shane Watson. Easy one for the Aussie.
The over, however, leaked 14 runs with a four and six.
Over 3 || Score 23/1 - Brendon McCullum 4 (9b); Suresh Raina 18 (5b)
What a response from Suresh Raina. The skipper has punished Sreenath Aravind. 19 runs from it, with the help of two successive sixes and a four.
A dot to start the over to Brendon McCullum, then Rains hit the next two balls for sixes, then two singles. The over ended with a four, whipped past the mid-wicket fielder.
Over 2 || Score 4/1 - Brendon McCullum 2 (7b); Suresh Raina 1 (1b)
What a start RCB are having. A single off the first over, then a wicket and three runs from the next. Yuzvendra Chahal, who was last Sunday tonked by MS Dhoni, removed Dwayne Smith, caught at deep square leg, by Mandeep Singh.
WICKET: Dwayne Smith c Mandeep Singh b Yuzvendra Chahal 1 (4b)
Skipepr Suresh Raina is the new man for the home team in Rajkot.
Over 1 || Score 1/0 - Dwayne Smith 1 (2b); Brendon McCullum 0 (4b)
Pawan Negi resumed the play with his slow left arm spin. A brilliant one from the youngster. Only a single, to Dwayne Smith, off the second ball. Brendon McCullum then consumed the four remaining balls.
Remember, the Lions need 214 to win the match.
Gujarat Lions need 214 runs to win off 120 deliveries
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Over 20 | Score 213/2 | Jadhav 38 (15) ; Head 30 (16)
And it is the last over for the Lions. Can they stop it below 200? Jadeja with the last six deliveries. Gives away two off the first delivery. Off the third delivery, Jadhav smacks yet another boundary to bring up 200 for RCB, first time in this venue for them. And havoc continues...six this time downtown. Nothing can stop Jadhav now, unstoppaple indeed. Boundary again. Dot ball to finish as 17 runs racked up in this over.
Over 19 | Score 196/2 | Jadhav 24 (12) ; Head 27 (14)
A dozen more deliveries to go as Tye comes into the attack now. And Jadhav effortlessly smacked the knuckle ball for a six down the line. Second ball, full toss to the off and he slices it over extra cover for a boundary. 190 comes up for Bengaluru, where will this stop? And Jadhav carries on. Pulls the shorter paced delivery and powers it over square-leg for a boundary. Two to finish with the last ball.
Over 18 | Score 178/2 | Jadhav 6 (6) ; Head 27 (14)
Last three overs to go now as Basil Thampi returns for his fourth and final over. Around the wicket to Travis. Starts off with the slower short delivery and Travis pulls it down square-leg for a boundary. Changes length, goes for a yorker now to the off and he slices it down cover for a four. Now changes side, goes over the wicket. Gives two off the next two deliveries. And a two to finish off the last ball.
Over 17 | Score 166/2 | Jadhav 6 (6) ; Head 15 (8)
Kedar Jadhav is the new man at the crease now. Andrew Tye with the abll now. First delivery, full outside off and Jadhav slices it past backward point for a four. And then the bowler makes a comeback giving away just six in the over.
Over 16 | Score 160/2 | Jadhav 1 (1) ; Head 14 (7)
If they say that Gayle-storm is over, wel then it is Kohli storm now in Rajkot. It is Dawal Kulkarni for his last over now. Gives away four runs in three deliveries already. There run rate is soaring over 10 now with the projected score looking at 200+. But lions get their second break as Kohli departs now. Big Big wicket indeed. Good length, slower ball to the off and he slogs it over to deep midwicket. Smith is the man there near boundary line to take it effortlessly.
V Kohli c Smith b Kulkarni 64 (50b)
Over 15 | Score 153/1 | Virat 59 (46) ; Head 13 (6)
And it is Kaushik back in for his third over. First ball, to Kohli, outside off and he drives it down to long-on to take a two and there comes up his fifty. Off the fouth delivery, Kohli strikes his first maximum today. Ramps it just over the long-on region to get it. Last ball, and it is Travis Head to get a six now. What an over over RCB!
Over 13 | Score 125/1 | Virat 42 (38) ; Head 3 (3)
Thampi returns now for his third over. And after a few troubling deliveries to the big man, he gets it done. The youngster gets the big fish as Gayle departs of a LBW.
CH Gayle lbw b Basil Thampi 77 (38b)
Travis Head is the new man in and takes a quick two off the first delivery he faces. This what Kohli is looking for- those quick singles.
Over 12 | Score 119/0 | Virat 41 (37) ; Gayle 75 (36)
Kulkarni into the attack now. For his third over now. The lions need a something big to break this partnership, especially to curb Gayle rampage at their homeground. Well for the RCB fans, Gayle-Kohli partnership seems to be looking for a mighty 200 today as Raina has a rather anxious look on his face now. Third delivery, four again from the big man. A dot and yet again. There is no stopping to this man today. 10 already dug out of five deliveries now. Slow last ball to end with, goes for a dot.
Over 11 | Score 109/0 | Virat 40 (36) ; Gayle 67 (30)
Right arm fast medium Dwayne Smith comes into the attack now. And Gayle storm continues to wreck havoc at Rajkot. Slow, straight and he crunches it high over the umpire for a maximum. 100 run stand that is. And again! Back off the length, to the offside and a maximum yet again. 17 off the over.
Over 10 | Score 92/0 | Virat 38 (34) ; Gayle 53 (26)
Shivil Kaushik up for his second over now. Second delivery, straight, slightly to the off and Gayle bulltes it high down the lien for a six. That was top tier! 104 meters. And thats his fifty. Eight already racked up in five deliveries. Single to finish off.
Over 9 | Score 83/0 | Virat 37 (33) ; Gayle 45 (21)
Andrew Tye returns for his second over for the day. Two off the first three deliveries. Last ball, shorter to the leg side and Virat pulls it all the way to the boundary down fine leg. Good way to finsh the over.
Over 8 | Score 75/0 | Virat 31 (29) ; Gayle 44 (19)
And it is Ravindra Jadeja up for his second over. Third ball, tossed up, aiming middle stump and Gayle effortlessly whacks it inches past the umpire downtown for a boundary. And a four again! And then a six! Slogs it well high over square-leg. That was humongous! He is back, ladies and gentleman. Sit back and enjoy Gayle storm. And...it is Baz McCullum it shut all that down. Last ball, well outside off and full toss and Gayle slices it over cover. Six is it...no Baz there to take a splendid one-handed catch at the deep. But umpire goes upstairs for the decision. No! His hat touched the boundary. Just the brim of it. UNLUCKY!
Over 7 | Score 54/0 | Virat 30 (28) ; Gayle 24 (13)
Shivil Kaushik it is now- going around the wicket and off the fifth delivery Gayle smacks a massive six over long-off.
Over 6 | Score 45/0 | Virat 28 (25) ; Gayle 17 (11)
And it is the last over of power-play- into the attack is Ravindra Jadeja. Off the second delivery, powers the inside turning delivery down extra cover off his backfoot for a boundary. Eight runs so far off the five deliveries. Single to finish off.
Over 5 | Score 36/0 | Virat 26 (22) ; Gayle 10 (8)
And it the Aussie Andrew Tye coming up for his first over now. Starts with a slower delivery as Virat pushes it down square-leg to take a single. Just two off five deliveries bowled till now. Single to finish off.
Over 4 | Score 33/0 | Virat 24 (17) ; Gayle 9 (7)
That was an impressive last over from Virat Kohli striking three consecutive boundaries. Here is Basil Thampi yet again, bowling to the big man. Gayle, cuts the off side delivery to third man to take a single and he brings up 10, 000 T20I RUNS. Fourth delivery, slower full toss to the off side and Gayle muscled it hard over the extra cover fielder to get a maximum. Pressure on the bowler now.
Over 3 | Score 25/0 | Virat 23 (15) ; Gayle 2 (2)
Kulkarni returns to attack for his second over. And Virat finally getting his timing right to drive the third delivery down midwicket off the wrist and gets a boundary. And more comes up now. Next ball, seaming to the leg as he tucks it down the fine leg to get a boundary. And a hat-trick of boundaries comes up. Drives the fifth ball down extra cover to get a four.
Over 2 | Score 13/0 | Virat 11 (10) ; Gayle 2 (2)
And it is Basil Thampi for the second over. Was impressive in the last match at Wankhede. Two good deliveries to start off with as Virat seems to struggle with his timing. Three dot balls already off the first half of the over. Fifth delivery, quicker bouncer, and Kohli blindly pulls it over to fine leg for a boundary. Single to finish off.
Over 1 | Score 8/0 | Virat 6 (4) ; Gayle 2 (2)
A match between two bottom heads of the table- its RCB vs GL. Well, starting with the sad news for RCB fans, AB will be missing out tonight's action owing to injury and thus Gayle comes in for him. And for the GL fans, well Aaron Finch has finally found his kit bag and thus returns to action tonight. Experienced PK and Munaf Patel will be however out for this match.
Openers Virat and Gayle on the field. Probably the big man can finally fire today to give his side some initial grip today. With the ball is it is Dhawal Kulkarni. Was last year's hero in the qualifiers against this team. Can he repeat it tonight?
Risky single to start off with, for Gayle. Three already off four deliveries bowled. Fifth one, swings to the offside and Virat finely directs the pace past the keeper for a boundary.
RCB XI: C Gayle, V Kohli, S Watson, M Singh, TM Head, K Jadhav, S Binny, P Negi, A Milne, S Aravind, Y Chahal
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 2017
GL XI: B McCullum, DR Smith, S Raina, A Finch, D Karthik, I Kishan, R Jadeja, D Kulkarni, B Thampi, A Tye, S Kaushik
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 2017
TOSS TIME: GL win toss and elect to bowl
Welcome to our live blog for Match 20 between The Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Meanwhile take a look at THE PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Rajkot: Live cricket score and live updates from Match 20 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Despite being studded with some of the most dangerous batsmen in their squads, both Bangalore and Gujarat are struggling to get back to winning ways in the tournament.
While Gujarat are languishing at the seventh position in the points table with one win from four matches, Bangalore are in an even worse situation with just one win under their belt from five matches as a result of which they are at the bottom of the table.
Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch are all capable of turning the course of a match single-handedly and they will have to deliver as a unit to put a huge total against RCB's batting line-up. West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has joined the squad back and he will be included in the playing XI today in case if he clears the fitness test.
Bangalore on the other hand, will once again rely hugely on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to get them out of the precarious situation. Shane Watson's failure as an all-rounder in the tournament has deeply hurt the team. The management might contemplate to bring back Chris Gayle for today's match in place of the Aussie all-rounder.
Here is all you need to know about today's match:
The Teams (From)
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt), Akshadeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Dwayne Bravo, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Kartik, Dhavak Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik, Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka and Andrew Tye.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Capt), Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, AB de Viller, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Sameuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan and Tabraiz Shamsi.
When and where to watch the match:
Date & Time: April 18 (Tuesday) at 20:00 pm IST
Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
TV Listing: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD and SET MAX.
Online Streaming: Sony LIV, Hotstar