IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions revive playoff hopes with comfortable win over Royal Challengers Bangalore

Gujarat Lions notched up a comfortable seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore to revive their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff hopes on Thursday.

PTI April 27, 2017 23:45:43 IST
IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions revive playoff hopes with comfortable win over Royal Challengers Bangalore

Bangalore: Gujarat Lions notched up a comfortable seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore to revive their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff hopes on Thursday.

Chasing 135 to win, Gujarat lost both openers – Ishan Kishan (16) and Brendon McCullum (3) – to be reduced to 23-2 but Finch blasted 5 fours and 6 sixes in his scintillating 34 -ball 72-run innings as the visitors romped home with 6.1 overs to spare.

IPL 2017 Gujarat Lions revive playoff hopes with comfortable win over Royal Challengers Bangalore

Gujarat Lions' Aaron Finch smashed a gritty half century to ensure crucial win over Bangalore. AFP

Earlier Tye returned with a three-wicket haul to trigger a top-order collapse as Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for 134 by Gujarat Lions after electing to bowl in their eighth match of IPL 10.

Tye, who had taken a hat-trick on IPL debut against Rising Pune Supergiant at Rajkot, struck twice in two balls and returned with figures of 4-0-12-3 to leave the hosts at 22-3 in the fifth over.

Besides Tye, Ravindra Jadeja (2/28) snapped two wickets and Basil Thampi (1/34) and Ankit Soni (1/28) picked up one wicket each as Lions dished out a disciplined bowling performance.

For RCB, Pawan Negi (32) and Kedar Jadhav (31) were the top scorers.

This is only the third victory in the season for Gujarat Lions, who had gathered just four points from seven games to be languishing at the bottom of the table.

With this loss, the door is fast closing for RCB, who has just five points from nine matches.

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