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Gayle storm keeps RCB's semis hopes alive

It's joy for royal challengers bangalore as they finally taste success in champions league thanks to West Indian star batsman's 46-ball 86 in 51-run win over somerset.

Home team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) yesterday thrashed English county Somerset by a massive 51-run margin in a must-win game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to keep their semi-final hopes alive in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.


Gayle-storm: RCB's Chris Gayle lofts one during his 46-ball 86 in a
Champions League T20 match against Somerset at the M Chinnaswamy
Stadium in Bangalore yesterday. Pic/AFP


Set to score an imposing 207, Somerset struggled to reach 155 runs for six wickets in the stipulated 20 overs after a defiant start by openers Peter Trego (58) and Craig Kieswetter (26) who put up a 42-run partnership for the first wicket.


Good Times: Royal Challengers' players celebrate a Somerset wicket
during a CLT20 match in Bangalore yesterday. Pic/AFP


The English outfit lost all hopes of successfully chasing down the target when Raju Bhatkal dismissed Trego after a fine knock, which included three sixes and six boundaries in his 38-ball innings.

Somerset lost wickets at regular intervals in the latter stages as they tried to keep up with the ever rising required run-rate and finished their innings at 155-6. After Dirk Nannes removed James Hildreth (15) in the eleventh over, Trego completed his fifty off just 31 balls.

Gayle storm
Earlier, put into bat, RCB scored 206 for six wickets, with its big-hitter Gayle blasting 86 of 46 balls with eight mighty sixes and four fours. RCB belted a CLT20 high of 14 sixes in an innings. Gayle was particularly severe against George Dockrell who conceded 21 runs in an over, including three towering sixes.

Tillakarartne Dilshan, Virat Kohli, Saurab Tiwary and Mayank Agarwal chipped in to take the score past 200 in partnership with Gayle.

Skipper Daniel Vettori and Sreenath Aravind shared two wickets each for Royal Challengers Bangalore. For Somerset, Alfonso Thomas and Steven Kirby shared two wickets each, while Trego went without a wicket though he was smashed for 50 runs in three overs.

Brief scores
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 206-6 (C Gayle 86, V Kohli 33, A Thomas 2-33, S Kirby 2-23)
Somerset: 155-6 (P Trego 58, C Kieswetter 26; S Aravind 2-23, D Vettori 2-25)

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