GUJARAT SHOCK BANGALORE
Gujarat Lions ruled out Royal Challengers Bangalore mathematically from the equation of making the Indian Premier League play-offs with a crushing seven-wicket win yesterday. Gujarat’s
Andrew Tye had a spell of 3-12 in another batting failure for Bangalore as they were bowled out for 134. For Bangalore, the depths they have sunk to is growing with each match, running out of wickets for the second consecutive game. They have been all out 14 times in the event’s history, joint most with Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils, losing on all occasions. To make matters worse yesterday, Aaron Finch (72) helped himself to a 22-ball half-century, the fastest for a Gujarat batsman. In other news, West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels will replace South Africa’s Quinton de Kock in the Delhi Daredevils squad for the rest of the tournament. De Kock was ruled out at the start due to a finger injury during the New Zealand tour last month. Samuels, 36, had gone unsold in the February auctions.