Home team Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) late Friday survived a scare to beat New South Wales Blues (NSW) by six wickets to enter the finals of the ICC Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) at the Chinnaswamy stadium here.
Chasing a stiff target of 204 set by a surcharged Blues who notched up 203 for two wickets, opener Chris Gayle and one down Virat Kohli put up a brilliant second wicket partnership of 141 in 66 balls to take the match away from the Blues.
Though Gayle missed his century by eight runs, he remained at the crease till the 14th over to hit 92 in 41 balls with eight mighty sixes and eight fours.
Man of the Match Kohli hit a brilliant unbeaten 84 in 49 balls with three sixes and 10 fours after surviving two sitters.
The winning runs were made by Mohammad Kaif with two consecutive fours of Daniel Smith to reach the target.
For Blues, Patrick Cummins was the only successful bowler taking all the four wickets in four overs for 45 runs.