Rajkot: Royal Challengers Bangalore finally managed to come out of the rut as they trounced Gujarat Lions by 21 runs away from home to register an important win. The victory was set up by the batsmen who put up a mammoth total of 213 runs after being put into bat.
Chris Gayle's 38-ball blitz resulted in 77 runs, while captain Virat Kohli was solid as ever during his knock of 64 as the duo put on 122 runs for the opening wicket to set the platform for a big total.
The chase was always going to be stiff for the Lions and the job became more difficult as Dwayne Smith was dismissed for 1 in the second over of the match by the wily Yuzvendra Chahal
The required rate was climbing and Gujarat needed an impetus and it came from the veteran Brendon McCullum. The Kiwi teamed up with Australian Aaron Finch to launch an attack on the RCB bowling.
McCullum and Finch added 66 runs in just 34 balls to keep the hosts in the hunt for a while. But Finch was done in by Pawan Negi, the Aussie stumped by Kedar Jadhav off the left-arm spinner's bowling in the 11th over.
Dinesh Karthik was the next man to go, dismissed for just 1 off the bowling of Aravind. McCullum brought up his fifty and continued his onslaught, but Gujarat's fate was sealed once the Kiwi departed.
Ishan Kishan hit a few lusty blows in the death overs but the target was always beyond the hosts and the Lions eventually lost the match by 21 runs.
Earlier, Suresh Raina put the Royal Challengers Bangalore into bat and soon realised it wasn't the smartest call as Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle went on a rampage.
The duo shared a 122-run stand in little under 13 overs to give a great platform to the visitors. It was captain Kohli, who took the initiative in the beginning, hitting some trademark boundaries to get RCB going.
Chris Gayle was struggling to get his timing going initially, and dealt in singles. The Jamaican became the first player to complete ten thousand runs in T20 cricket when he reached the score of three in the fourth over. The burly opener hit his first six in the same over off a full toss by youngster Basil Thampi.
That was when the floodgates opened and Christopher Henry Gayle came into his own. He hit Jadeja for a boundary in the sixth over and then launched Shivil Kaushik into the stands for his second six of the night in the seventh over to warm-up.
Ravindra Jadeja bore the full brunt of Gayle's assault as the Jamaican hit the left-arm spinner for two boundaries and six off the first off the first five deliveries of the over. Gayle went for the maximum on the last delivery again, but was caught brilliantly at the fence by Brendon McCullum, who jumped while running to take a great catch. But the flap of McCullum's hat had touched the boundary rope and that gave Gayle a reprieve and also added another six to his name.
The Jamaican brought up his fifty, his first this season, with a huge six in the tenth over. He then scored two sixes off compatriot Dwayne Smith's over and score two more boundaries in the 12th over, bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni, as the Royal Challengers motored along nicely to 119 for no loss at 12 overs.
Young paceman Basil Thampi trapped Gayle in front of the wicket to bring the curtains down on the show, Gayle was dismisses for 77 runs off just 38 deliveries.
Gayle was gone but Kohli kept the runs flowing and completed his second half-century of the season. Kohli though was dismissed by Dhawal Kulkarni for 64 in the 16th over.
Kedar Jadhav came out to bat next and he ensured the RCB's innings ended on a high, the diminutive batsman hitting two boundaries and five sixes during his 16-ball knock of 38 runs. He was given good company by Travis Head, who too was unbeaten on 30 off 16 deliveries. RCB posting a mammoth 213/2 on the board.