Twitter Reactions: Chris Gayle blasts majestic ton as Kings XI Punjab inflict first defeat on Sunrisers Hyderabad

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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.

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