Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sport | By Dustin Murphy

IPL 2017: Chris Gayle completes 100 matches in IPL

IPL 2017: Chris Gayle completes 100 matches in IPL

Umesh Yadav's 3-36 included the scalps of Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli, while Narine had already made his mark in the manner he is more accustomed to by taking two wickets.

Virat Kohli was striving hard to make use of the field restrictions by trying to play a few shots upfront and get his innings going.

The Lions can not qualify for the Playoffs, but they will be keen to put the brakes on their three-match losing streak. But not if you've just conceded 105 runs in the powerplay. It's a picture that has become excruciatingly familiar around RCB this season.

Head (75 off 47 not out), who is playing in place of Shane Watson, and Mandeep stitched together a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket to stem RCB's rot and at the end it was about the Australian's big hitting. That six brought up his maiden IPL fifty, off mere 15 balls.

The Bengaluru fans who have loyally backed their team will once again throng the stadium for a Sunday afternoon fiesta, only with the slim hope of a victory.

Chasing a modest 159-run target set by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), KKR started with Narine and unsafe Chris Lynn as openers at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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However, with the help of Head's half-century, RCB managed to score a respectable 158 runs.

# Gayle departed for a golden duck against KKR in the very first over. The duo looked in great form, dealing in boundaries only, scoring runs at will. Lynn and Narine hit straight and hit over the top.

The normally flamboyant Manan Vohra (25, 28 balls) also played a subdued knock hitting a six and a four. It was just incredible batting.

After struggling with its bowling in the first half of the tournament, Kings XI Punjab bowlers led by pacer Sandeep Sharma have delivered in the last two games to get the side back in contention for the playoffs. That will also be a concern for both teams as rain has been predicted over the next few days.

RCB have fielded six different opening combinations so far this season - including three different pairs in their last three matches. It is not true that he's not able to score.

Gautam Gambhir has scored the most runs against Bangalore in the IPL - 630 runs at 35.00 from 18 innings. Knight Riders, defending 131, used no spinners; Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme took three wickets each and Royal Challengers were dismissed in 9.4 overs.

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