Royal Challengers Bangalore rode on gutsy half-centuries from Travis Head and Mandeep Singh to recover from a disastrous start and post 158 for six against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
After being put to bat first, the hosts once again began disastrously with Umesh Yadav dismissing Chris Gayle for a golden duck. Just a few moments later, the Jamaican was joined by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the hut too, as both departed after scoring five and 10 respectively, leaving the Bangalore side reeling at 34 for three in the fifth over.
Mandeep Singh and Travis Head then shared a much-needed partnership of 66 runs to stabilise their team’s poor condition before rain intervened. Mandeep, who had scored 46 in the last game, scored his half-century just three balls after the game resumed. The right-handed batsman took 41 deliveries to get to his first fifty of the ongoing season. However, he could not continue for long, as he was dismissed for 52.
Kedar Jadhav could not do much with the bat either and was dismissed for only eight but Travis Head held firm from one end. The Australian batsman also scored his first fifty of this season and remained unbeaten on 75 off 47 balls to guide the Royal Challengers to a respectable total.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:
Today's game will clear that whether Gambhir should be placed or Kohli should be replaced from the Indian team. #RCBvKKR
— Ye Koi ***** Hai Kya? (@intolerant_monk) May 7, 2017
2016: Gayle, kohli and ABD can finish in minutes.
2017: Gayle, kohli and ABD can finish in minutes.#RCBvKKR
— Bekarhandle (@bekarHandle) May 7, 2017
Gayle, Kohli, ABD dismissed in powerplay yet again. Bangalore's rotten season unending
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 7, 2017
Gayle will be unsold next year. #IPL
— J. (@LogicalBakwaas) May 7, 2017
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) May 7, 2017
— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) May 7, 2017
Mandeep Singh in 7 innings as middle order batsman: 73 runs; average 10.42
Him in 3 innings as an opener: 115 runs; average 38.33#RCBvKKR
— Cricfooty (@Cricfooty_CF) May 7, 2017
— Manish Modi (@manishh0509) May 7, 2017