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Gayle's fifty helps RCB to set 159 target for Punjab

Gayles fifty helps RCB to set 159 target for Punjab
Chris Gayle cashed in on a dropped chance to smash a blazing 71 and help Royal Challengers Bangalore score a competitive 158 for five against Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match, here today.

Punjab did everything right till the first half of the innings after winning the toss but script changed in the last 10 overs as they conceded 99 runs.

Led Praveen Kumar, who bowled a sensational spell of 4-0-8-0, Punjab were brilliant in the first 10 overs as they had restricted the host to 58 for one despite Gayle present there right from the first ball.

Gayle was on 39 when he was dropped by substitute David Miller in the first ball of the 13th over off Parvinder Awana.

The Caribbean creamed Awana for two fours and a six in the same over to shift the momentum in his side.

Gayle and Virat Kohli (45 off 42) shared a 118-run partnership for the second wicket.

Ahmar Mahmood's strikes in the end helped Punjab to restrict Bangalore to a total which was manageable for their batsmen to chase.

Mahmood (3/20), not only dismissed Gayle but also scalped Andrew McDonald and AB De villiers on the final over of the innings.

However, the way Punjab had dominated the proceedings in the first-half, they would be disappointed to have allowed Bangalore let off hook.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 158/5 ( Cris Gayle: 71, Virat Kohli: 45, AB de Villiers 17; Azhar Mahmood 3/20 )
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