Finch made his intention clear from the word go. He hit Badree for two huge sixes off the second and third ball that he faced. And that started what went on to become a thrilling display of power hitting. Finch was severe on every bowler in sight and was just as lethal off the front and backfoot.
In what turned out to be a stellar show, Finch also managed to bring up the fastest 50 for Gujarat Lions as he reached the mark off just 22 balls with four boundaries and four huge sixes.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli looked at a loss of ideas as the bowlers looked like mere bowling machines. They ran in, bowled the delivery and went back to the mark having been thrashed to the boundary.
Pawan Negi finally dismissed Finch in the 13th over, but the damage had been done by then. Gujarat Lions needed 20 runs when Finch left the crease and skipper Suresh Raina (34* off 30 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (2* off 4 balls) ensured that GL won with 37 balls to spare.
Kohli did not hold back as he praised Finch after the game. “Credit to Finch he played a fantastic knock. In a small chase it is important if one guys takes the momentum,” he said.
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First Published: April 27, 2017, 11:44 PM IST