Chris Gayle ’s 104* helps Punjab Brutally beat SRH by 15 Runs !
Chasing Punjab’s huge total of 193, the visitors could only score 178 runs at the end of 20-overs.
Kane Williamson (54) and Manish Pandey (57*) played heroic knock, but couldn’t help their team win the match. It was a total Gayle show tonight and he showed the world why he is called the “King of Sixes”.
Upbeat SRH didn’t know what was going to happen to them at Mohali when they were forced to bowl after losing the toss. SRH’s winning streak got ruptured midway when Gayle storm hits IS Bindra Stadium at Mohali.
Gayle Storm is a buzzword, depicting the brutal onslaught of the Caribbean Batsman Chris Gayle on his way to a blitzkrieg 104-run-knock. He spared none and scored a swashbuckling 104* off 63 balls with 11 sixes and 1 four.
Winning the Toss, Punjab opted to bat first.
Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle went to bat as an opening pair. Both batsmen batted cautiously in the first few years, and successfully tackled the likes of in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Chris Jordan.
Gradually, the right-hand and left-hand batting combination scripted a complete devastation for the men-in-orange. In the first six mandatory overs of powerplay, Punjab smashed 49 runs at the end 6 overs.
They scored at an average of around 8 RPO. Contrarily, in the next 11 balls they could score just four runs only. In the 8th over, Rashid Khan successfully dismissed KL Rahul for LBW. But, by then, KXIP opening pair had already put 53 runs on board.
Chris Gayle Storm Stopped SRH’s Winning Streak
It gave a strong foundation to the batting team that facilitated Chris Gayle to open his arm in the remaining overs. The next man, right hander, Mayank Aggarwal (18) also didn’t last long, as Deepak Hooda caught him off S Kaul’s medium pace bowling. However, Karun Nair successfully stood there out in the middle for the next 48 balls allowing Gayle to take charge.
Gayle and Nair managed to hammer 85 runs in just 8 overs. Both Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan Proved to be extremely costly for the team. They leaked around 83 runs in 6 overs that literally took the game out of SRH’s hand. As earlier predicted, SRH’s main asset was bowling when the same collapsed, the team’s defeat was imminent.
(By: Atish Home Chowdhury)
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