Tye Three-fer and Finch’s 34-ball 72 Set up Crushing Seven-wicket Win for Gujarat over Bangalore

Nothing has gone right for Royal Challengers Bangalore this IPL season and unfortunately for them and their fans, IPL 2017 isn’t getting better for the South Indian franchise. With just two wins and five points from nine matches, we can say with a degree of certainty that Royal Challengers’ campaign is very nearly over. With the teams at the top being so dominant, 14 points, which used to be the magical number for IPL playoffs qualification, is unlikely to be sufficient for the boys from Bangalore, who suffered yet another home defeat, to Gujarat Lions (GL) in the 31st match.

Andrew Tye with the ball and Aaron Finch with the bat set up Gujarat’s comfortable seven-wicket win over the beleaguered Bangalore side, whose batting line-up, despite the addition of Travis Head for Tymal Mills, imploded once again.

Having been put into bat first, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli lacked fluency in their strokes and were kept on a tight leash by Nathu Singh and Basil Thampi, who opened the bowling for the visitors. After an uncharacteristic and sedate start, the crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium was brought to life by a typical Kohli shot: a flick of his wrists to power the ball that drifted onto his pads, over the mid-wicket boundary for a six. But this vintage Kohli shot was the solitary highlight of another un-RCB batting performance.

The manner of Kohli’s dismissal, caught at short fine leg off a delivery that was angling down the leg side and which Kohli had helped on its way, summed up the kind of night and season Bangalore have been experiencing. One usually brings two but here, one brought three… that too in the space of four balls, as Tye found himself on yet another hat-trick after bowling just two balls to two left-handers.

Kohli was dismissed on the penultimate ball of the fourth over by Thampi, and AB de Villiers, the new man, had safely negotiated the last delivery. On strike was Chris Gayle at the start of the innings’ fifth and Tye’s first over. The first ball was angled across the left-hander, tempting Gayle to poke at the ball. The Jamaican nibbled at the ball nervously, gliding the ball behind to Dinesh Karthik. Travis Head entered the scene and having had Gayle caught behind on the previous ball, Suresh Raina astutely positioned himself at first slip for the second ball of the over. This time, Tye got the ball to jump a little from the good length. Head fished at it and outside edged the delivery to the waiting Raina.

RCB were reduced to 22/3, with two of their star batsmen and the batsman they had included to strengthen the faltering batting line-up, back in the dugout.

Kedar Jadhav joined AB de Villiers and played some eye-catching strokes, as he always does, providing the RCB innings with a bit of momentum. But just as he had gotten into his groove and his partnership with de Villiers started developing, the Maharashtra batsman was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 31 (18). Five balls later, Jadeja provided another breakthrough for his team… this time as a fielder, by running out de Villiers. A hesitation in running between the wickets from Mandeep Singh and de Villiers cost the South African his wicket, with Jadeja hitting the stumps directly.

The mainstays of the RCB batting line-up were all back in the hut with just 60 runs on the board. The lower order, though, led by Pawan Negi (32), contributed vital runs and was the reason why Royal Challengers reached 134/10 in their 20 overs. The likes of Negi, Aniket Choudhary and Sreenath Aravind occupied the crease for a considerable number of minutes and collected runs that gave some respectability to the total, though the end score was far from what was necessary.

Gujarat’s bowling, with the addition of James Faulkner to it, carried a lot more potency and made life harder for RCB’s batsmen. Along with Tye’s three-fer (3/12 in four overs), Jadeja took 2/28 off his four overs and Faulkner bowled economically as well, going for just 15 runs in three overs.

With 135 runs as the target, Ishan Kishan opened the batting with Brendon McCullum. The youngster from Jharkhand was the aggressor in this partnership, finding the boundaries and scoring the bulk of the runs in the 18-run stand for the first wicket. Kishan struck four fours during his short stay at the crease. Badree trapped him in front of the stumps for 16.

Suresh Raina walked in at the fall of Kishan’s wicket and basically got himself some batting practice. He seemed to be in some discomfort after injuring himself while fielding, and Gujarat’s skipper didn’t bat as freely as we have seen him do.

A little more than an over after Kishan was dismissed, McCullum holed out at long on off Samuel Badree. At 23/2, Royal Challengers might have believed that they had an outside chance. But Finch dispelled any doubts anyone might have had about the result of the 31st match, by taking the attack to the opposition from the word go and making this a no-contest with his big strikes down the ground and into the crowd. The Australian opener struck a 105-metre six off Badree on the first ball he faced and then followed this up with another six to really agonise the visitors.

Finch didn’t stop at any stage of his innings and the his approach was perfect for the kind of total Gujarat were chasing. Batting freely, Finch took risks by hitting on the up against leg-spinners (Badree and Yuzvendra Chahal). He was making good connection with the ball every single time and his collecting runs in a hurry not only got Gujarat in sight of a win quickly but also helped their net run rate come down.

The match got out of RCB’s control pretty quickly after Finch’s arrival at the crease, as RCB fielders’ and captain’s shoulders started to drop with every boundary hit. 135 was chased down by Gujarat inside 14 overs and with a whopping 37 balls to spare, thanks to a 34-ball 72 from Finch, who struck six towering sixes and delivered five bludgeons to the boundary. Andrew Tye was awarded the man of the 31st match for his figures of 4-0-12-3.




Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions, 31st Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

Bangalore: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Chris Gayle, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Travis Head, 5. Kedar Jadhav, 6. Mandeep Singh, 7. Aniket Choudhary, 8. Pawan Negi, 9. Sreenath Aravind, 10. Samuel Badree, and 11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Gujarat: 1. Suresh Raina (c), 2. Brendon McCullum, 3. Aaron Finch, 4. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5. Ishan Kishan, 6. James Faulkner, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Andrew Tye, 9. Soni, 10. Basil Thampi, and 11. Nathu Singh

Scores

Bangalore: 134/10 (Negi 32; Tye 3/12 and Jadeja 2/28)
Gujarat: 135/3 (Finch 72 and Raina 34*; Negi 1/24)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Innings (toss: Gujarat, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Chris Gayle caught Karthik, bowled Tye 8 (11) 1 0 72.72
Virat Kohli caught Finch, bowled Thampi 10 (13) 0 1 76.92
AB de Villiers run out Jadeja 5 (11) 0 0 45.45
Travis Head caught Raina, bowled Tye 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Kedar Jadhav bowled Jadeja 31 (18) 4 1 172.22
Mandeep Singh caught Jadeja, bowled Tye 8 (14) 0 0 57.14
Pawan Negi caught Thampi, bowled Soni 32 (19) 3 2 168.42
Samuel Badree caught Kishan, bowled Jadeja 3 (3) 0 0 100.00
Sreenath Aravind caught McCullum, bowled Faulkner 9 (16) 0 0 56.25
Aniket Choudhary not out 15 (12) 1 0 125.00
Yuzvendra Chahal run out McCullum/Karthik 1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Extras: 12 (3 wides and 9 leg byes)
RCB’s total: 134/10 in 20 overs, at 6.70 runs per over
RCB’s fall of wickets: 22/1 (Kohli, 3.5), 22/2 (Gayle, 4.1), 22/3 (Head, 4.2), 58/4 (Jadhav, 8.4), 60/5 (de Villiers, 9.3), 100/6 (Negi, 13.4), 105/7 (Badree, 14.3), 110/8 (Mandeep, 15.5), 133/9 (Aravind, 19.4), and 134/10 (Chahal, 19.6)
Gujarat Lions’s (GL) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Nathu Singh 2 8 8 0 4.00
Basil Thampi 4 10 34 1 8.50
Andrew Tye 4 13 12 3 3.00
Ravindra Jadeja 4 8 28 2 7.00
Ankit Soni 3 6 28 1 9.33
James Faulkner 3 6 15 1 5.00
Gujarat Innings (target: 135 runs in 20 overs, at 6.75 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Ishan Kishan leg before wicket Badree 16 (11) 4 0 145.45
Brendon McCullum caught de Villiers, bowled Badree 3 (6) 0 0 50.00
Suresh Raina not out 34 (30) 4 1 113.33
Aaron Finch caught de Villiers, bowled Negi 72 (34) 5 6 211.76
Ravindra Jadeja not out 2 (4) 0 0 50.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Dinesh Karthik, Andrew Tye, James Faulkner, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, and Ankit Soni
Extras: 8 (2 no-balls, 4 wides and 2 leg byes)
GL’s total: 135/3 in 13.5 overs, at 9.75 runs per over
GL’s fall of wickets: 18/1 (Kishan, 2.3), 23/2 (McCullum, 4.1) and 115/3 (Finch, 12.1)
Bangalore Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Samuel Badree 3 9 29 2 9.66
Sreenath Aravind 3 10 19 0 6.33
Aniket Choudhary 2 5 21 0 10.50
Yuzvendra Chahal 3 5 29 0 9.66
Pawan Negi 2 4 24 1 12.00
Travis Head 0.5 0 11 0 13.20



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