'Universe boss' Gayle reaches 10000-run landmark in T20

Chris Gayle became the first man to surpass 10,000 Twenty20 runs as his explosive 77 inspired Royal Challengers Bangalore to 21-run IPL win over Gujarat Lions despite Brendon McCullum's best efforts. He hit two fours and seven sixes but got little support as he was eventually the fifth wicket to fall with the total at 137.

RCB posted a massive 213 for 2 while batting first and then restricted the Lions to 192 for 7.

Gayle began the match on 9,997 runs and reached five figures in less than spectacular fashion with three singles.

Chris Gayle smashed 7 sixes and stroked five boundaries to score 77 off 38 deliveries in the 20th game of Indian Premier League 2017. He won 18 of those for Royal Challengers Bangalore, nine for West Indies and seven for Jamaica Tallawahs. The Jamaican would be named man of the match, but not before the McCullum fireworks.

A huge score was always on cards after Gayle fell to Basil Thampi's flawless yorker in the 13th over.Even in the absence of injured AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers had enough batting power as Kohli completed his second half century in the tournament but holed out at deep midwicket in the 16th over.

Sensing the danger, Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina threw the ball to his most economical bowler Thampi and the Kerala pacer delivered on the third ball of his new spell. Ishan Kishan's cameo after McCullum holed out in deep off Chahal ensured Lions didn't damage its net run rate badly.

Chris Gayle turned highly disappointed then and had he just started walking towards the pavilion, the onfield umpires asked to stop as they wanted to bet the clear picture of the episode. I wanted this so badly, but first of all to get 10,000 runs, it was actually on my mind, so I'm glad to get that sort of achievement.

The incident occurred as McCullum dived to catch Bangalore opener Gayle just inside the boundary, only to slide toward the marker rope.

Virat Kohli set the tone for RCB as he collected four boundaries off Dhawal Kulkarni and one off Basil Thampi in the first three overs.

Despite losing Gayle and Kohli, the Royal Challengers finished their innings on a high as Travis Head and Kedar Jadhav put together an unbeaten 54-run partnership.

Head managed an unbeaten 30 from 16 balls while Jadhav did slightly better by ending the innings on 38 not out from the same number of deliveries.

  • Julie Sanders