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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.

Man­ju­nath Ki­ran / AFP

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