IPL 2017: Twitter Reacts As Gujarat Lions Thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore By 7 Wickets | Sportzwiki

IPL 2017: Twitter Reacts As Gujarat Lions Thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore By 7 Wickets

Gujarat Lions all but ended Royal Challengers Bangalore’s slim hopes of making it to the playoffs with a thumping 7-wicket victory over the runners-up of last year. Aaron Finch starred with the bat, scoring 72 off just 34 balls and added 92 runs with Suresh Raina to help his team chase down the 134-run target inside 14 overs.

The visitors began their chase on a shaky note with both their openers departing with only 23 runs on the board before Finch calmed down the nerves with a whirlwind knock. The Australia opener played the big shots right from the word go and scored the fastest fifty by a Gujarat Lions player in the history of the tournament, off only 22 balls.

Virat Kohli’s men got a slim chance of making an unlikely comeback into the match when Suresh Raina was caught off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal with the scorecard reading 87 runs in the 10th over. However, replays showed the bowler had overstepped only to add more salt to the Royal Challengers’ wounds.

The big partnership finally came to an end when Finch was dismissed by Negi in the 13th over. But before that, he had already done the damage with a blistering knock of 72 runs including 5 fours and 6 sixes. By the time he got out, the visitors needed only 20 runs from 47 balls. Raina and Ravindra Jadeja then ended the formalities without mich fuss.

Earlier, the Royal Challengers batsmen once again faltered with the bat as they were bowled out for only 134. Put in to bat first, the batting side was in a spot of bother after being reduced to 22 for 3  inside 5 overs before Kedar Jadhav and AB de Villiers steadied the ship with a 36-run partnership. A 40-run stand between Pawan Negi and Mandeep Singh then helped the hosts to get to the three-digit mark followed by some handy contribution from S Aravind (9) and Aniket Choudhary (15*) as the runners-up of last season posted a decent total.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:





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