The Bangalore Royal Challengers are known to be a team that has spent a lot of money and has acquired plenty of big name offensive stars. In a crucial match on Friday, those big money stars stole the show. Chris Gayle is showing that he is the type of player that can lead a team through the Indian Premier League by himself and AB De Villiers continues to be one of the top performers in this year’s competition.
Gayle smashed 87 off of just 56 balls with four huge sixes, while De Villiers scored 52 off of 39 balls. Their partnership led the side from dire straits at 25-3 in the sixth over to 156-4 when Gayle was dismissed with two and a half overs to go.
De Villiers would lose his wicket before Bangalore reached the finishing line, but the damage had been done and veteran players Daniel Vettori and Andrew McDonald saw the visiting side home in impressive fashion.
Once again, there were serious concerns about Kings Punjab XI’s bowling attack and their ability to perform on their own track. Parvinder Awana played brilliantly in his first action of the season taking early wickets and finishing with four tallies for 34 runs. He did take a bit of punishment from Gayle and De Villiers, but it was he who eventually captured the prized wicket of the West Indian superstar.
Piyush Chawla was economical, but the likes of Praveen Kumar and Harmeet Singh were far too expensive and didn’t look at all like troubling the class and striking ability of Gayle or De Villiers. It is difficult to understand why Mohali continues to b** players and create pitches that just do not suit their bowlers. It is a difficult question to solve and it could be very costly for the Kings XI’s home record. It’s hard to see this team battling to a semi-final place at all.
Meanwhile, Bangalore have moved into a far better position and should now be ready to get in on the top four action.
gayle has been in good touch. wondering when those 80+ will get converted to 100+
Yeah come on Gayle give us a 100!