Bangalore: Chris Gayle was kept quiet in the last two matches Royal Challengers Bangalore played in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 but broke the shackles with an unbeaten 50-ball 85 on Thursday (April 11) to send Kolkata Knight Riders, the defending champions, crashing to a second consecutive defeat.
Gayle struck four fours and nine sixes in his innings, with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers chipping in with 35 and 22 not out respectively, as Bangalore won by eight wickets. Gautam Gambhir's knock of 59 went in vain as Kolkata's score of 154 proved insufficient. (Also read: No boundary too big for Gayle, says Kohli)
After winning the toss, Kohli didn't hesitate in inserting Kolkata in on a pitch with a slight smattering of green. The decision was vindicated immediately as Moises Henriques had Manvinder Bisla caught at point by debutant KL Rahul in the very first over. The next over nearly resulted in a second wicket as Gambhir charged down the wicket only to find his partner Jacques Kallis uninterested in sneaking a quick single. Kohli missed the stumps and was left to rue about what could have been as the duo proceeded to steady Kolkata's innings.