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RCB clinch thriller

RCB clinch thriller
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MI needed 10 runs off the last over when skipper tossed the ball to the experienced Kumar. The Karnataka seamer first dismissed Karthik off the second delivery before castling Ambati Rayudu off the very next ball. Sachin Tendulkar (23) and Ricky Ponting (28) were the other major contributors for MI.

Earlier, Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 92 to single-handedly power RCB to a fighting 156/5. After a relatively slow start, Gayle upped his tempo as he scored his 92 off just 58 deliveries and hit 11 boundaries and five towering sixes in the process. Gayle initially adopted a wait and watch policy on a seaming Chinnaswammy track before exploding in the eight over. Even though wickets kept tumbling at the other end, the big-hitting West Indian was hardly bothered as he went about his business in style, notching up his 13th IPL fifty and first of the season. The start, however, was far from rosy for the home team as they lost Tillakaratne Dilshan early, bowled by Mitchell Johnson with the scoreboard reading just three. Newly-appointed RCB captain Virat Kohli played a short 24-run cameo before he was LBW by debutant Jasprit Bumrah, who returned with the best figures for the Mumbai outfit scalping three wickets for 32 runs. Bumrah, with a unique action, then accounted for Mayank Agarwal in his next over caught by Tendulkar. With wickets falling at the other end, it took Gayle eight overs to broke his shackles when he cracked a boundary and a six off Bumrah in consecutive balls.

After a relatively quiet first 10 overs that produced just 59 runs, RCB rode on Gayle’s pyrotechnics to score 97 runs in the next 60 deliveries. After opening up, Gayle then targeted his West Indian team-mate Kieron Pollard, picking up 15 runs with two boundaries and a six off the 11th over Out-of-favour India off-spinner Harbhajan gave Mumbai a much-needed breakthrough in the form of Christian, caught at deep midwicket by Johsnson. Bumrah scalped his third wicket when he trapped Karun Nair leg before to see RCB in a spot of bother a 80 for four in 12.4 overs.But Gayle and KB Arun Karthik (19 not out) shared an unconquered 81-run stand for the sixth wicket to take RCB past the 150-mark.
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