Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Gayle blasts his way to 10000 T20 runs

Kohli, by comparison, was passive, happy to let Gayle take centre stage in a brutal partnership. In the second half, the RCB bowlers defended the score by restricting the home side to 192-7.

Gayle was in ordinary form for the first few matches season and was dropped twice before finally getting the chance to return against the Lions only because AB de Villiers was down with an injury again.

Gayle resumed his innings but what was delightful to see, was Kohli's gesture as he went all the way to long-off to shake hands with McCullum for his wonderful fielding effort. The second could have been a world class catch from Brendon McCullum who dived and caught and rolled the hit at long off but his wide brimmed hat touched the boundary ropes as replays showed. In the following over, he hit Dwayne Smith for two sixes - in the process bringing up the century opening stand.

The 37-year-old then unleashed his full powers, blasting five fours and seven sixes as he raced to his 61st T20 half-century off just 23 balls, launching left-arm spinner Shivil Kaushik for his fifth six to raise the landmark.

Cameos from Travis Head (30* from 16 balls) and Kedar Jadhav (38* from 16 balls), who added 54 runs in 4.1 overs, took RCB past the 200-run mark and eventually to 213-2 - the highest total of VIVO IPL 2017. He has an unbelievable 18 T20 centuries to his name, with five of them coming in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealander Brendon McCullum pummelled 72 from 44 deliveries, but lacked support in the top order. Against Gujarat Lions on Tuesday night, he smashed 77 off just 38 deliveries with seven maximums and three boundaries.

Negi wasn't afraid to toss the ball up, extracted turn off the surface, and finished with figures of 1-21.

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