The Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to yet another embarrassing defeat against Gujarat Lions on their home turf. A sloppy batting display by the RCB has put them in a dire situation in the Indian Premier League.
The Bangalore team will have to win all its remaining five matches to keep the hopes of making the knockouts alive.
With the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad called off here without a ball being bowled due to rain last night, Bangalore had to share a point. They now have just five points from eight games and are lying sixth in the points table.
Gujarat Lions, on the other hands, have gathered just four points from seven games and are languishing at the bottom of the table.
The Lions' batting has also been quite dismal with big guns making contributions only intermittently and would be desperate to arrest this slide. It would be interesting to see if Irfan Pathan, roped in as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo would be included in the playing XI.
Here are the highlights of the RCB vs GL match:
Match over. A comfortable win for Gujarat Lions against RCB
RCB look done and dusted at the moment. Gujarat Lions need 11 runs in 42 balls
Negi to Finch, SIX, between midwicket and long on. Five sixes so far for the Australian
Negi to Finch, SIX, straight down the ground
Raina survives a scare as umpire terms it a no ball
Four!!! Captain Suresh Raina this time. GL 86/2
Brilliant fifty for Finch in just 22 balls
Aniket Choudhary to Finch, SIX, to deep mid wicket
Four!!! Finch again. Plays inside out. Thats' superb batting
Four!!!! Aaron Finch again. To deep mid-wicket this time
What a shot. Finch again. Six runs
Aravind to Finch, FOUR, to third man
HUGE!!!! Back to back sixes by Aaron Finch. That's brutal from the Australian
Badree strikes again; McCullum departs, Gujarat Lions 2 wickets down
First jolt for GL, Samuel Badree scalps Ishan Kishan
Ishant Kishan gets another boundary, steady start for GL
Ishant Kishan gets a boundary, positive start for Gujarat Lions
Ishant Kishan opening with Brendon McCullum
RCB have put 135-run target for Gujarat Lions
Faulkner to Sreenath Aravind, out Caught by Brendon McCullum
Andrew Tye removes Mandeep Singh. RCB 8 wickets down
Ankit Soni to Negi, out, Caught by Basil Thampi
Back-to-back sixes for Negi, RCB 100/5 in 13.3 overs
Four, Negi punishes Faulkner for poor line
The RCB are a worried lot now. They have lost their prime batsmen with 77 runs on board in 12 overs
Ankit Soni to Mandeep, out de Villiers Run Out!!
OUT!!! Bowled. Jadeja removes Kedar Jadhav
SIX!!! That's brutal assault from Kedar Jadhav. 11 runs from Ankit Soni's over. RCB 56/3 in 8 overs
Four!!! Three back-to-back boundaries for Jadhav
Four!!! Lovely shot by Kedar Jadhav. RCB 27/3 in 5.3 overs
This is wonderful from Andrew Tye. And afraid #RCB need a big comeback here. These two have to bat he next 10-12 overs now— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 27, 2017
Andrew Tye to Head, out Caught by Raina!! RCB in trouble now with just 22 runs on board
OUT!!!! Virat Kohli departs. RCB 22/1
Nathu Singh to Gayle, FOUR, to deep backward point
Nathu Singh is keeping a tight line today. Just 3 runs so far. RCB 13/0 in 2.3 overs
First six of the match off Virat Kohli's bat. Cracking shot that was
A good first over by Gujarat Lions bowler Nathu Singh. Just 3 runs off it
Chris Gayle and captain Virat Kohli are out to open RCB innings
Gujarat Lions have won the toss and have opted to bowl first
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Virat Kohli (capt), 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Kedar Jadhav (wk), 5 Mandeep Singh, 6 Stuart Binny, 7 Pawan Negi, 8 Adam Milne, 9 Samuel Badree, 10 S Aravind, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Gujarat Lions: 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 James Faulkner, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Ishan Kishan, 8 Andrew Tye, 9 Basil Thampi, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Nathu Singh