Vettori defends dropping Gayle in match against Pune
But, they are struggling this year, losing back to back games, against Kolkata Knight Riders at home and Sunrisers Hyderabad away, before registering their first win of IPL-10 by beating Rising Pune Supergiant at home.
Cameos from Travis Head (30* from 16 balls) and Kedar Jadhav (38* from 16 balls), who added 54 runs in 4.1 overs, took RCB past the 200-run mark and eventually to 213-2 - the highest total of VIVO IPL 2017.
Rajkot: Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League here on Tuesday. Dwayne Smith might not have found his place in the middle-order and as the primary all-rounder in the side but once they chose to have him go back to opening the innings, the results were instantaneous. It took Manoj Tiwary, playing only his second match since the death of his father, to fix the damage. The spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal (3/31) and Pawan Negi (1/21) played a pivotal role in the 21-run win and Kohli showered accolades on the duo.
Aaron Finch to replace Jason Roy.
Virat Kohli has lost the two matches he's captained since he returned from the shoulder injury. The middle order is expected to consist of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Aaron Finch. Unfortunately they haven't backed their reputation with performances so far. Two forties and a thirty in his four matches are phenomenal numbers for someone who doesn't bat in the top four.
But Kohli failed to make use of his lifeline as Stokes got the captain, as a clumsy shot found him caught by Rahane this time to send him back. There were a couple of quiet overs then as RCB reached 45-0 at the end of six overs. In fact, two of the five overs that saw RCB piling on more than 15 runs were bowled by Jadeja.
Basil Thampy has been highly regarded inside the Lions' set-up and against Mumbai he showed why, with his impressive pace and control that he provides with the ball.
But just when both were seeming to be risky going into the last overs, Dhoni and Smith were bowled in successive deliveries off Shane Watson and Aravind, respectively, leaving Pune at 127/4 in 16.1 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja was introduced into the attack in the eighth over, and Gayle tore into the spinner, collecting back-to-back boundaries and consecutive sixes.
The bowling department of Bangalore, which includes Tymal Mills and Samuel Badree, fired in some crucial matches but all players have to perform in unison to do well in the tournament.
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