Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost out to(SRH) by eight runs in a dramatic final of the Indian Premier League ( ) Season Nine on Sunday at the Chinnaswami Stadium.
Requiring 209 runs in 20 overs with an asking rate of 12.54, Royal Challengers could only manage 200/7, though it got off to a flying start helped by a pounding Chris Gayle and a stable Virat Kohli.
Chris Gayle spearheaded the chase forwith a superb 38-ball-76. Dominating with the bat, he rarely gave chance to Kohli, so much so that he accounted for 74 of the first 100 runs score by RCB by the end of nine overs.
Smashing eight sixes and four fours, Gayle looked like interested in only hitting sixes as long as he was on the crease.
The capacity crowd in Chinnaswami Stadium was on the edge of the seat as long as Gayle was firing one six after the other, he looked unstoppable.
However, the Gayle show got over to a top edge catch held by Bipul Sharma off Ben Cutting.
Everything looked fine as Kohli was on strike to be followed by other reliable batsmen.
But that was not to be, Kohli also departed soon after Gayle, castled by Barinder Sran, he scored a 35-ball-54, with two sixes and four fours. But what followed later was an utter disappointment and heartbreak for the Royal Challengers. (