Gayle, Sammy fail as RCB go down to Sunrisers

CricketFilePhotoMBangalore, India (CMC) — Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy had little impact as Royal Challengers Bangalore crashed to a heavy eight-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here yesterday.

Playing at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were dismissed for 166 with a single ball remaining and Sunrisers cruised to their target with 16 deliveries left in the contest.

Australian David Warner pummelled 57 from 27 balls, with six fours and four sixes, and posted 82 for the first wicket with India star Shikhar Dhawan, who struck exactly 50 off 42 deliveries.

Medium pacer Sammy sent down two overs which cost 18 runs.

Sent in earlier, RCB were off to a decent enough start with Gayle hammering 21 off 16 balls with three fours and a six in a 43-run opening stand with captain Virat Kohli, whose 41 required 37 balls.

Gayle was first to fall in the sixth over, holing out to deep-backward square off seamer Praveen Kumar.

South African AB de Villiers chipped in with a cameo of 46 from 28 deliveries, but Sammy managed just six against the franchise he represented last season.

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