Gayle stars as RCB lose
West Indies batting star Chris Gayle smashed a whirlwind half-century and passed 9 000 runs in Twenty20s but his effort was in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad edged Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs to lift the 2016 Indian Premier League here yesterday.
Chasing an imposing 209 for victory in the final at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were propelled by the left-handed Gayle's top score of 76 off 38 deliveries with four fours and eight massive sixes.
He put on 114 for the first wicket with the prolific captain Virat Kohli who hammered 58 off 34 balls.
The foundation of Sunrisers' victory was laid by captain David Warner who pummelled 69 from 38 deliveries at the top of the order.
Fellow Australian Ben Cutting, voted Man-of-the-Match, stroked an unbeaten 39 from just 15 balls with three fours and four sixes.
Gayle, who shared the new ball, finished wicket-less from his three overs of off-spin which cost 23 runs while Barbados-born England seamer Chris Jordan claimed three for 45.
Needing to score at 10.45 an over, RCB were given a flying start by the mercurial Gayle. His first 16 runs needed 13 deliveries but he teed off in the third over from left-arm seamer Barinder Sran which went for 16 runs, twice clearing the boundary and then finding it on another occasion.
The Jamaican reached his half-century off 25 balls by belting Henriques over long on off for six and he combined with Kohli to rip into the Aussie seamer in the ninth over which leaked 21 runs.
Gayle seemed en route to his 18th T20 hundred when he miscued a big hit at seamer Cutting and was caught at third man.
One of the world's leading T20 batsmen, Gayle now has 9 066 runs in the game's shortest format.