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Gayle shines again as Bangalore trounce Rajasthan

Last updated on: May 11, 2011 23:36 IST

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Chris Gayle scripted yet another victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore, scoring an unbeaten 70, as they spanked Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets in the Indian Premier League match, in Jaipur, on Wednesday.

The victory took them to second place in the league standings.

Chasing a modest 147, Bangalore coasted to victory with three overs to spare and spoilt Shane Warne's last game at home, as the Australian will retire from the league after this season.

Tillakaratne Dilshan though made his last outing at IPL-IV memorable, scoring a quickfire 38 to contribute in his side's easy win, while stand-in skipper Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 39.

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Rajasthan frittered away a good start and had to settle for a modest 146 for six after being invited to bat. Opener Rahul Dravid (37) top-scoring for them.

Bangalore now have 15 points from 11 matches while Rajasthan's play-off hopes dipped. They will have to win their remaining two matches and hope that some other results go in their favour.

They remain in fifth place despite the defeat.

Kohli led Bangalore in the absence of the injured Daniel Vettori and the 22-year-old Indian became the youngest captain to lead an IPL side.

It was Bangalore's sixth win in a row while Rajasthan suffered their third straight defeat.

Gayle was dropped by Warne when he was on 13, but did not give them any chance after that as he smashed 10 boundaries, including four sixes in his 44-ball stay at the crease.

When the Bangalore chase started, all the eyes were on Gayle because of his scorching form, but it was Dilshan who stole the thunder initially by hitting a flurry of boundaries.

He did not spare any bowler; he hit Shane Watson in the opening over for two fours and extracted boundaries at will when Johan Botha and Pankaj Singh were operating.

Warne committed a blunder by dropping Gayle off Botha when the Caribbean was on 13, making his own job tough.

Dilshan, at the other end, continued to punish the bowlers as he creamed Siddharth Trivedi for two more fours as Bangalore raced to fifty in just five overs.

Gayle, who was playing second fiddle by then, lofted Botha for a six to make his presence felt but Dilshan fell to Warne while attempting a six in the mid-wicket region.

Gayle was not his usual aggressive self but still scored at a fast pace, running hard between the wickets along with Kohli and finding a boundary here and there.

But soon the scene changed, as the left-hander from the West Indies hit Botha for a six to raise his fifty and then made Warne repent for his dropped catch by launching him for a six over long-off and followed it with a four.

Kohli too played confidently and ended the match with a four and six off Pankaj Singh. His 39 came off 34 balls.

Earlier, Watson found two boundaries off Aravind and Dravid hit his trademark elegant drives off Zaheer Khan and Charl Langeveldt as Bangalore reached 43 for no loss after six overs, after being invited to bat.

Conditions were good for batting as the ball nicely came on to the bat and both the openers started to play more freely with Watson launching Aravind for a huge six.

The openers were targetting Aravind a lot and in the process both of them fell in the left-arm paceman's third over, the 10th of the innings.

First to go was Watson, whose powerful hit landed straight in the hands of AB de Villers at long-off and two balls later, Dravid hit one back to the bowler.

Two new batsmen -- Botha and Rahane -- were at the crease and it affected the run-rate. Kohli himself bowled three overs and was pretty successful, conceding just 17 runs.

As if the dipping run-rate was not enough, Rahane was run-out just after hitting Abrar Kazi for a six because following a terrible mix-up with Botha.

Botha reverse-swept Kazi and set out for a single which was not there and Rahane sacrificed his wicket.

Taylor took some time to settle and meanwhile Botha too perished before doing anything significant as Aravind returned to claim his third victim, this time caught behind.

Taylor and Ashok Menaria (8) departed while attempting big shots and eventually, the hosts failed to put up a challenging target.

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