Gayle's sixth IPL hundred deals Sunrisers first defeat

Gayle's sixth IPL hundred deals Sunrisers first defeat

Henrietta Brewer
April 20, 2018

Australians Andrew Tye and Aaron Finch played supporting acts as West Indies masterblaster Chris Gayle led the Kings XI Punjab side to a 15-run Indian Premier League victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Gayle scored 104 not out off 63 balls, containing 11 sixes and one four, as Punjab hit 193/3 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Gayle was dropped by 'keeper Wriddhiman Saha off spinner Rashid Khan on 14.

Apart from the master innings, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal chipped in with 18 each and Karun Nair made a quick fire 31. He also hit 11 sixes, taking his overall T20 career six count to 834. The opener blasted 63 off 33 balls in his side's win over Chennai Super Kings on the weekend.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are yet to taste defeat and are in top form, whereas Kings XI Punjab have only lost one of their ties in the ongoing season of IPL.

Prior to the start of IPL 2018, Kings XI Punjab's director Virender Sehwag said Chris Gayle would be worth the money spent on him if he were to win his team two or three games. In OVERS 16, 12 RUNs came as Mujeeb Ur Rahman gave away 12 in his final over to end with figures of 0/27here SRH 130/3, need 64 more.In OVERS 18, 13 RUNS came as Barinder Sran completed his four overs for 0/22.

An elated Chris Gayle, who was adjudged Man of the Match said, "I am always determined". Skipper Williamson knuckled down in the process of rebuilding the innings and added a vital 76 runs for the third wicket with Manish Pandey.

By then, Gayle had brought up his sixth IPL ton in just 58 deliveries, with a drive to point off Kaul and thereafter unleashing his trademark "Baby in the arms" celebration. I'm going to miss this wicket to be honest.

Asked what would have been his plans if you he was bowling to Gayle, Tye said that there is not much a bowler could do in such a situation and only hope that the batsman makes some mistake. "I think we got a little slow with the ball and bat". Here SRH 18/1. In OVERS 5 Second wicket for Mohit Sharma, clean bowled Yusuf Pathan for 19. Punjab knew Hyderabad's bowling is strong and wanted to put their batters under pressure by posting a big score and that did the trick. There are players like these to entertain, that's why they're turning up.

Shikhar Dhawan was set to be a key part of Hyderabad's run chase but he departed first ball as he was forced to retire.

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