With back to back losses at their home-ground and the mounting pressure of sinking to the bottom of the points table, today’s game was not easy for the red brigade. However, as they say, ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’, was proven right as Rajkot stood witness to a destructive Gayle storm. Here are five ‘play bold’ moments from yesterday’s game that won our hearts and the game.
Gayle storm wreaked havoc
A lot was expected from the mighty Caribbean and he did not disappoint. It did not take him much time to get used to the pitch conditions and start his natural game. The southpaw hit 77 runs off just 38 balls to set the tempo of the game and reached the ten thousand run landmark. He was later awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ title.
Superb batting display by captain Kohli
It’s very easy to get carried away or get over-shadowed when there’s Gayle batting on the other end. However, Kohli’s superb batting displayed his usual class and was equally a treat to watch. The captain scored 64 runs in 50 balls!
Great support from Head and Jadhav
The great start given by the two openers found great support from the next two batsmen – Travis Head and Kedar Jadhav, who scored 30 and 38 runs off 16 balls respectively. Their finishing touch steered the RCB beyond the 200-run mark.
Yuzi Chahal turning on the magic
If Gayle and Kohli were destructive with the bat, Chahal was nothing less with the ball. He literally turned the game’s course by picking up the three most crucial wickets of Dwane Smith, Suresh Raina, and Brendon McCullum. Right when the Kiwi batsman started to look ominous, Yuzi turned him back towards the pavilion.
Pawan Negi’s bold performance
In a game where bowlers can be destroyed in a few balls, it takes a lot of courage to deliver. Pawan Negi did just that and picked up the important wicket of Aaron Finch and helped his team inch towards victory.
With Gayle back to form with a bang and RCB back on the winning track, the upcoming matches are going to be quite exciting to watch. From the bottom of the table, RCB has pushed themselves up two places with this win and will look forward to carrying on this streak till they reach the top.
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