A target of 209 in a way seemed fair for RCB. If any team could even come close it had to be them. And as always it was a case of let’s see what Gayle does, and then start talking about the rest. As it turned out, the big Jamaican decided that it was time to show why he is the Universe Boss, and for 40 minutes or so, he held court and the world watched in awe. For the first time this season, not many wanted Kohli on strike. It looked like even he wasn’t too keen on coming in the way of the Gayle show. Like is the case when Gayle generally goes about his carnage, the white ball kept flying into the various corners of Chinnaswamy-even though the first six came off a thick edge-and there was little the Sunrisers could do about it. Yes, they got their lengths wrong often. But what do you do when your opponent is as unforgiving as Gayle. He hit eight sixes in all, and it looked like RCB were well on their way before Cutting came in the way.

Post Gayle’s dismissal, Kohli decided enough was enough and looked keen on showing up Mustafizur in particular, hitting him for a six and a four to bring up his 18th half-century in 26 T20 innings this year. But as he attempted a wild hoick, for once the ball didn’t bounce over the stumps but took the bails on its way to stop Kohli in his tracks, and yet again leave him to be contended with coming second best.


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