Chris Gayle blasted a sixth IPL hundred, and a first for Kings XI Punjab as they inflicted a first defeat on Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s tournament with a 15-run win in Mohali, on Thursday.
Gayle (unbeaten 104) smashed as many as 11 sixes, to only one boundary, in his staggering 63-ball knock, continuing his fine individual form following a fifty on his Kings XI debut against the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
Chasing 194, Sunrisers never came close to challenging for a fourth win in four, lacking the type of explosive hitting of Gayle’s at the top of the order. Captain Kane Williamson cracked 54 from 41 balls, but big-hitting Shikhar Dhawan had to retire hurt after taking a painful blow on the elbow, and Sunrisers slipped too far behind the required rate.
Needing a massive 85 from the final six overs, the skipper’s hand was forced and he perished in Andrew Tye’s next over when looking for the big shot over long-off, only to hole out.
Tye claimed a further scalp in Deepak Hooda to return impressive figures of 2-23 from his four overs and, while Manish Pandey (57 not-out off 42) reached fifty and Shakib Al Hasan (24 not out off 12) cracked a couple of sixes, Sunrisers never threatened Kings XI’s total in the closing overs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the Chris Gayle show:
Yeaaaahhhh boy @henrygayle 💯 👑🔥🔥🔥
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) April 19, 2018
WHAT A KNOCK @henrygayle 🔥
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) April 19, 2018
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) April 19, 2018
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) April 19, 2018
— Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) April 19, 2018
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 19, 2018
Viru saved the IPL by picking me—Christopher Henry Gayle 🙌🙏🙈 #UniverseBoss
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 19, 2018
— Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) April 19, 2018
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 19, 2018
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 19, 2018
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 19, 2018
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 19, 2018
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) April 19, 2018
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 19, 2018
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 19, 2018
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) April 19, 2018
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) April 19, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 19, 2018
— Kieron Pollard (@KieronPollard55) April 19, 2018
RCB not retained KL Rahul…. he scored fastest fifty of the IPL.
RCB not retained Gayle… he scored a fifty and a centuw in just 2 matches.
RCB retained Sarfaraz and bought McCullum…. they are sitting on the bench.#SRHvKXIP
— Self Isolated Sunil (@1sInto2s) April 19, 2018