Gayle, Kohli power Bangalore into CLT20 final

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat New South Wales by 6 wickets to book a berth in the final. Bangalore successfully chased the target of 204 runs with 9 balls to spare.

updated: October 08, 2011 00:49 IST
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Bangalore: Bring the ramparts from Galle, the wall from China, the many castles from Europe. Bring all the defence buildings, tanks, experts. Place them in the Chinnaswamy Stadium, fast becoming the Wanderers of the northern hemisphere. Hide your 200-plus targets behind them. Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Virat Kolhi will still chase them down at this venue. David Warner tonight became the first man to score back-to-back Twenty20 centuries, but even more incredibly the Royal Challengers Bangalore became the first team to chase down 200-plus scores in consecutive matches, that too with nine balls to spare.


Before the match, Gayle and Warner, soon to be opening partners for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, were seen chatting with each other. When walking back, Warner took a look at Gayle's bat. He held it sideways, and his jaw dropped looking at the thickness of the leading edge. They both had a laugh, and went their separate ways for the night. Gayle laughed the final laugh, though, as his 92 off 41 in company with Kohli's unbeaten 84 off 49 outdid Warner's extraordinary 123 off 68 and Daniel Smith's 62 off 42. That leading edge was never hit on a night when clean hits tested the size of the stadium, and the half-hits managed to clear the short boundaries. Warner and Gayle dented the roof once each, but Gayle - symbolically - managed to send one of them out of the stadium. Records fell like crops during a hurricane, and the crowd - who must tire of this some day - matched the hitting with their incredible noise, appreciating both teams, only the home side more loudly.

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