NationNews Barbados: Gayle shines with 53 on IPL return

NationNews Barbados: Gayle shines with 53 on IPL return

RCB's great march was halted, as it lost by eight wickets.

Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals are facing Virat Kohli's army.

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Kings XI Punjab batsman Nicholas Pooran said that the last over against Royals Challengers Bangalore was like a "deja vu" for him.

RCB have won five of their eight games on the back of all-round performances but blundered tactically against KXIP on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals continue to remain at the top of the points table having registered six wins so far in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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After Agarwal fell short of a half-century off a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery, Rahul not only hammered a fifty off 37 deliveries but also stitched a crucial partnership of 93 runs with Chris Gayle to help his side chase down the target on the last ball and seal a thrilling win over the RCB.

Shivam Dube (23) was promoted up the order to accompany skipper Kohli in the middle. That gamble didn't pay off either as the 41-year-old Jamaican smashed the young off-spinner for four sixes.

Kohli, opening up on the unusual decisions, said the team management wanted to continue with the left-right combination while adding they were happy with the decisions despite them not coming off. CSK's Faf du Plessis and RCB's Virat Kohli hold the third and fourth spot with 307 and 304 runs respectively while DC's Shreyas Iyer is just behind Warner with 298 runs. Sometimes things don't come off.

Royals boast of a strong batting line-up. Gayle was playing the first match after JanuaryGayle was playing his first match since January.

The inaugural season champions have relied on Rahul Tewatia to rescue them from precarious positions and the all-rounder managed to do that twice against KXIP and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. He is followed by Rajasthan Royals' Jofra Archer who has 12 wickets to his name.

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