Bangalore, May 21: So, there won't be any more sixes flying into the stands from the bat of Chris Gayle in this IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore were undone by themselves on Sunday to exit from the competition.
IPL 5: Points Table
It is irony that a team boasting of a big hitter like Gayle, had to bow out of IPL 5 due to poor net run rate when compared to defending champions Chennai Super Kings.
You cannot imagine a team, which has the best batsman in the format, doesn't qualify for the play-offs. Maybe over-dependence on one player, read Gayle, was RCB's undoing.
It was a same story in last IPL as well. In the final against Chennai, RCB, while chasing 206, faltered after Gayle departed for a duck. The rest crumbled and CSK took the title by 58 runs.
If you look at the statistics, Gayle has scored 29.65 percent of RCB's total runs this season. Overall, the Bangalore outfit accumulated 2472 runs in 296.2 overs. Of these total runs, Gayle's contribution is 733 off 456 balls. The next best is Virat Kohli with 364 runs, followed by AB de Villiers (319).
RCB conceded 2,505 runs in 299.3 overs. This was the main reason for falling behind the net run rate. They ended with -0.022 while Chennai had positive net run rate of +0.100.
Gayle blasted one century and seven fifties in 14 innings. He destroyed many bowlers for 59 sixes, the best in IPL 5 by a far distance. The next best is 20 sixes by any batsman (Cameron White and Kevin Pietersen).
RCB's batting line-up was capable of chasing 133 against Deccan Chargers on Sunday night at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. But there was one man who believed who could turn the match in home team's favour, he was Dale Steyn.
Steyn's sensational spell of bowling with 3/8 in 4 overs, completely shut RCB out of the game and the tournament.
Gayle started off in his own style by smashing two sixes and three fours for a 10-ball 27, but Steyn rattled the big Jamaican with a bouncer and immediately netted the big fish with another short ball which Gayle played onto the stumps.
Once Gayle left the scene, RCB were always going to struggle. He was the only one who could have helped the team scale down the target in no time.
One more factor which set RCB back, was poor shot selection. Captain Virat Kohli was guilty of trying for a big shot which was not necessary at the stage. Zaheer Khan backed away to Steyn to play a shot and only managed to see the stumps disturbed.
RCB have to blame themselves for making a mess of a small score. Bangalore's neighbours Chennai and their fans were left rejoicing at RCB's fate. RCB's loss was Chennai's gain.
While RCB's players started packing their bags, Chennai were unpacking to face Mumbai Indians. Bangalore, twice runner-up, will have to wait for IPL 6 to lay their hands on the coveted trophy.