Somerset must beat the Warriors to advance to Champions League T20 semis

Somerset suffered at the hands of Chris Gayle as they lost by 51 runs to Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Champions League T20.

Gayle blazed 86 from 46 balls, with eight sixes and four fours, to power the home team to an impressive 206 for six after they had been put in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Peter Trego led Somerset's response with 58 and they appeared in touch for the first half of their innings, but they were unable to sustain the pace and were ultimately well beaten.

Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 23 from 16 balls before being bowled around his legs by Roelof van der Merwe, but Gayle and Virat Kohli took the game on for Bangalore.

Winners: Bangalore Royal Challengers hail victory

Winners: Bangalore Royal Challengers hail victory

The pair put on 70, at one point hitting three sixes in five balls from spinners Murali Kartik and George Dockrell, but Kohli was bowled by Steve Kirby for 33 the ball after another Gayle maximum.

The onslaught continued in a stand of 49 between Gayle and Saurabh Tiwary (18) before the latter hoisted Kirby - who emerged from the wreckage with fine figures of two for 23 - to Arul Suppiah.

Gayle then added 31 in 13 balls with Mayank Agarwal (19) before the pair hit successive Alfonso Thomas deliveries into the safe hands of Suppiah.

Kartik bowled three overs for 34 and Dockrell two overs for 28 but Trego suffered the worst of the battering, his three overs going for 50.

He responded with a big-hitting half-century as Somerset went down fighting.

Onslaught: Chris Gayle fired 86 from 46 balls

Onslaught: Chris Gayle fired 86 from 46 balls

Craig Kieswetter made a brisk 26 before he and Van der Merwe fell in the same Daniel Vettori over, but Trego returned fire on Gayle to take 24 off the West Indian's first over.

James Hildreth (15) and Jos Buttler (three) failed to provide the necessary impetus, Nick Compton's (17 not out) improvisation did not come off, and when Trego fell to Raju Bhatkal the game was up and Somerset finished on 155 for six.

Somerset's hopes of reaching the semi-finals remain alive, however they must beat South African side the Warriors in their final group match.

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