The Royal Challengers Bangalore pushed aside the Rajasthan Royals in their IPL eliminator in front of their home fans on Wednesday. Chris Gayle and captain Virat Kohli started the game off as the opening pair while the visitors relied on Chris Morris’ bowling to start proceedings. Gayle and his leader began the match in the manner which they would have hoped for.
In the third over the Jamaican produced a six and a four as he got himself into the game steadily. Two covers later the big man jammed down his bat – hitting the ball which deflected off his leg and reached the boundary for four. But in the sixth over Gayle was bowled out for 27 after he completely missed the ball and Dhawal Kulkarni hit the middle stump.
AB De Villiers walked in but nine balls later Kohli was sent packing after Kulkarni had the Indian batsman caught and bowled. Mandeep Singh walked in to take the game to RR as his partnership with De Villiers produced 113 runs from 67 balls. The stand was ended when the latter was run out for 66 in the 19th over.
In came Dinesh Karthik who was quickly dealt with after he went up and away and was caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Morris. Bangalore posted 180/4 with Singh contributing an unbeaten 54 from 34 balls. Rajasthan also started well, making 11 runs from the first six balls.
Shane Watson was the first to go after he was caught out by Karthik with the last delivery of the second over from Sreenath Aravind. From this point Kohli’s bowlers struck regularl as they slumped to 92/6 in in the 15th over. In the last over Deepak Hooda and Kulkarni fell as the Royals were dismissed in the 19th over.
The Royal Challengers ran out big winners by 71 runs to set up a meeting against the Chennai Super Kings on Friday for the right to face the Mumbai Indians on Sunday in the final.