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Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum steal show in run-fests

Chris Gayle, once dropped never looked back and anchored the RCB chase to victory.

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It was Chris Gayle's night at the iconic Eden Gardens as he propelled his team to a well-deserved victory against KKR by 3 wickets. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

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Virat Kohli opted to bowl after winning the toss and KKR made the most of it as Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa added 81 runs for the first wicket. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

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RCB's poor fielding too contributed to the cause as they dropped Gambhir at a crucial stage of the innings. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

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However, they lost Surya Kumar Yadav and Manish Pandey in quick succession but Andre Russell led KKR's innings to a 170-plus score with his lusty blows. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

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Chasing KKR's stiff total, RCB lost skipper Virat Kohli early. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

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Wickets kept on tumbling for RCB as Mandeep and Dinesh Karthik too left the scene in a hurry. But Gayle kept surviving. H e was even dropped by Morkel once. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

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The big blow came when AB de Villiers was stumped by Uthappa off KC Kariappa. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

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As Gayle walked back to the pavilion, RCB for once have thought that they might lose this game. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

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But it never happened as the Red brigade romped home with an over to spare. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

Brendon McCullum too earlier in the day played a blinder of an innings at Chepauk. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

Thanks to his explosive innings CSK achieved a mammoth score of 209/4. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

The score proved too much as SRH fell short by 45 runs. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

It was McCullum's 2nd hundred of the IPL. His first came in the inaugural match of the IPL in 2008.(Source: BCCI/IPL)