A superb 122-run opening partnership between Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat a rejuvenated Gujarat Lions, which fought till the end, but lost by 21 runs.
RCB posted 213/2 in 20 overs, thanks to Gayle’s 77 off 38 balls with 5 boundaries and 7 sixes plus Kohli’s 64 off 50 balls. Travis Head 30* and Kedar Jadhav 38* were the top scorers.
In reply, Gujarat Lions fought bravely, but could manage 192/7 in the end. They fell short by 21 runs. Brendon McCullum 72 and Ishan Kishan 39 were the top scorers. Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets. Chris Gayle was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’.