An all-round performance by Gujarat Lions saw them thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets in 13.5 overs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. Despite Gujarat's early losses (Brendon McCullum and Ishan Kishan), Aaron Finch (72) blasted the Bangalore bowlers to all corners of the park and in the process hit his 12th IPL half century. It was the fastest half-century by any Gujarat Lions batsmen in the two seasons of the tournament they have participated in. Samuel Badree, who picked up both the openers, finished 2 for 29 runs in the three overs that he bowled. On top of the game from the very beginning, Gujarat Lions didn't allow Bangalore to settle down. After this win Gujarat Lions have climbed up to the sixth position with six points, one place above Bangalore. (SCORECARD)
Catch all the highlights of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions.
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23:14 IST: Andrew Tye was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 2 for 12 in his four overs.
22:58 IST: And it's all over! Raina hits the winning run. Gujarat scores 135 for three in 13.5 overs.
22:57 IST: Back-to-back boundaries from Raina. Just a run away from the win.
22:53 IST: Six!! Raina is keeping the momentum going
22:50 IST: OUT! Finally a breakthrough for RCB as Finch departs for 72
22:49 IST: Cheeky four from Finch! Switch hits Chahal for a boundary.
22:48 IST: Four! Raina getting into the blasting mode. Sweeps Chahal for a boundary. Gujarat edging closer to win.
22:46 IST: Six! Six! Back-to-back maximums from Finch. Looks like he is in no mood to take the game down to the last over. Gujarat need 30 runs off 53 balls.
22:43 IST: 10 overs done, Gujarat need more 46 runs in 60 balls.
22:42 IST: Finch trying the switch hit, misses the ball by a good distance.
22:40 IST: No-ball and free-hit!! Bangalore miss a chance to dismiss Raina, as Chahal over-steps. Raina lives.
22:37 IST: Four! Wide from Chahal as Suresh Raina guides the ball towards third man for his first boundary of the innings.
22:34 IST: Aaron Finch brings up his half century off 22 balls, fastest for Gujarat Lions in IPL.
22:33 IST: Six! Finch smokes Aniket for a huge maximum on the leg side.
22:31 IST: Four! Back-to-back boundaries from Finch, inside out over extra cover.
22:30 IST: Four! Finch is punishing the Bangalore bowlers, short from Aravind and Finch pulls it for a boundary.
22:26 IST: Six! Dancing down the track, Finch smokes Chahal for a maximum.
22:24 IST: Good over from Aniket, conceded only two runs. However, Gujarat has the required run rate in control.
22:18 IST: After the sixth over, Gujarat stand at 49 for two. Raina 2 off 11 balls and Finch 25 off 9 balls.
22:17 IST: Four! Clubbed Aravind down the ground for a one bounce boundary.
22:15 IST: Four! Finch is not sitting back. Throwing his bat at everything!
22:13 IST: Six! Back-to-back maximums from the new man Aaron Finch.
22:11 IST: Out! Flighted delivery from Badree, McCullum (3) dances down the wicket only to send the ball to de Villiers.
22:10 IST: Beautiful ball from Aravind to neutralise the free hit. After 4 overs, Gujarat stand at 23 for one.
22:09 IST: Free-hit! Big bouncer from Aravind directed to Raina.
22:01 IST: LBW! Badree traps Kishan in front of the wicket. Gives Bangalore the first breakthrough. Gujarat 18 for one, 2.3 overs.
22:00 IST: Four! Slower ball from Badree and Kishan dispatches it for a boundary on the on side.
21:58 IST: Four! Back of a length from Aravind, Kishan punches the ball for a boundary.
21:55 IST: Four from Kishan to end the first over. After first over Gujarat stand at eight for no loss.
21:53 IST: Four! Ishan Kishan pulls Badree for a beautiful boundary!
21:51 IST: welcome back for the second innings! Samuel Badree to start the proceedings for Bangalore.
21:37 IST: Run-Out! Attempting the second run on the last ball, Yuzvendra Chahal falls short of crease. Bangalore finish 134 at the end of 20 overs.
21:34 IST: Out! S Aravind heaves, sends the ball straight to Brendon McCullum at long on. Bangalore 133 for nine, 19,4 overs.
21:30 IST: Four! Bangalore gets their boundary after 30 balls. Tight bowling from the Gujarat Lions.
21:27 IST: Andrew Tye completes his spell. Takes three wickets for 12 runs.
21:21 IST: Aniket Choudhary and S Aravind keeping the singles coming for Bangalore.
21:18 IST: Out! Tye gets his third wicket. Mandeep Singh cuts the ball straight to Ravindra Jadeja. Difficult times for Bangalore - 110 for eight after 15.5 overs.
21:12 IST: Wonderful catch from Ishan Kishan! Beaten in the air by Jadeja, Samuel Badree sends the ball flying high up in the air, and Kishan pulls off a great catch! Bangalore, 105 for seven.
21:08 IST: After 14 overs, Bangalore stand at 102 for six. Gujarat having the upper-hand currently.
21:06 IST: Out! Soni sends Negi (32) packing. Failing the read the googly, Negi sends the ball straight down the throat of Basil Thampi at deep mid-wicket. Bangalore 100 for six after 13.2 overs.
21:04 IST: Six! Huge maximum over long on for Negi.
21:01 IST: Four! Leg bye for Bangalore as Karthik fails to collect the ball behind the stumps. Important runs for the home team.
21:00 IST: Four! Cracking shot from Negi. Dispatches James Faulkner through the covers.
20:57 IST: RCB need to up the ante and post a respectable total on board. After their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Kolkata, Bangalore would like to wipe the memories with a win.
20:55 IST: After 11 overs, Bangalore stand at 73 for five.
20:54 IST: Four! Another bottom edge from Negi as ball runs away for a boundary.
20:53 IST: Four! Little bottom edge from Negi as the ball goes through the keeper's leg.
20:49 IST: Run-out! Horrible mix up between Mandeep Singh and AB de Villiers. Jadeja takes aim at the wicket and catches de Villiers short of the crease. Bangalore 60 for 5.
20:43 IST: Out! Number four goes down for Bangalore. Jadeja cleans up Kedhar Jadhav for 31 (18). Bangalore 58 for four after 8.4 overs.
20:41 IST: After eight overs, Bangalore take their score to 56 for three.
20:40 IST: Six! Down on one knee, Jadhav slog sweeps debutant Ankit Soni for 85 metres maximum.
20:36 IST: Four! Jadhav waits on the ball and slams Ravindra Jadeja for a boundary at extra covers.
20:34 IST: At the end of the powerplay Bangalore stand at 35 for three.
20:33 IST: Four! Third boundary in a row. Jadhav turning things around at Chinnaswamy!
20:32 IST: Four! Jadhav getting Bangalore into the game. This time flick of the wrist and one-bounce four on the leg side!
20:31 IST: Four! Short from Thampi, Jadhav gets into position and pulls the ball for a perfectly timed shot.
20:29 IST: Two new batsmen out in the crease for Bangalore. Gujarat on top of their game.
20:24 IST: Out! Gujarat on fire! Andrew Tye gets his second, Travis Head goes for a duck! Head manages to nick as the cross-seam ball only for Raina to complete the catch.
20:22 IST: Out! Andrew Tye gets Chris Gayle. Both openers shown their way back with beautiful bowling from Gujarat. Bangalore 22 for two after 4.1 overs.
20:18 IST: Out! Thampi sends Virat Kohli packing. Short from Thampi and Kohli pulls it straight to short fine leg. Bangalore 22 for one after 3.5 overs.
20:14 IST: Four! Rare from Gayle, gets down on one knee and slashes the ball for a boundary. Bangalore 17 for no loss after three overs.
20:08 IST: Six! First maximum of the match, full length on the pads of Kohli, as he flicks it over deep mid-wicket.
20:07 IST: Short ball from Basil Thampi, Kohli attempts a pull but misses it!
20:04 IST: After the first over Bangalore stand at three runs for no loss.
20:00 IST: Good first ball from Nathu, shaped in nicely into Gayle.
19:59 IST: Nathu Singh to lead the bowling attack for Lions.
19:58 IST: Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle opening the batting for the Challengers.
19:57 IST: Players and umpires make their way out to the field. Let's go!
19:43 IST: Here are the playing XI for both teams.
19:30 IST: It's toss time! Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina wins toss and elects to field against Bangalore.
19:28 IST: Gujarat Lions warming up before their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
19:26 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore warming up before their home game against Lions.
19:22 IST: Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle having a light moment before the game.
19:19 IST: Priyanka C Raina gives her best wishes to Suresh Raina and Co.
19:01 IST: This match marks the 100th IPL game for Brendon McCullum.
Excited to be playing my 100th IPL game 2nite. The years have rolled by quickly but lots of memories remain. Thnks to all.— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 27, 2017
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions in Bangalore.
GL have just four points with five matches to go, and their lot isn't any different either.
But given that one of the two teams will lose, weather permitting, this is where the IPL 10 takes a turn as one of the two will almost surely be heading for the exit.
Another point of interest to be seen is if Irfan Pathan makes an appearance. He was roped in as a replacement for the injured Dwayne Bravo.