He’s only gone and done it again! Just two weeks after smashing 102 from 55 balls against Kolkata, Chris Gayle blasted a 49-ball 107 to lead Bangalore to an emphatic 85-run win over the Kings XI Punjab on Friday.
Set 206 for victory, the visitors slumped to 120 for nine in their 20 overs.
It was once again clean, straight hitting at its very best from opener Gayle with 94 of his runs coming in boundaries as he cleared the ropes nine times with sixes and also hit 10 fours. The left-hander’s half-century came off 28 balls and he required only another 18 balls to move to his second IPL century.
Gayle’s fireworks with the bat was definitely a hard pill to swallow for Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist as he opted to put the hosts in on the flat deck at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
It didn’t take Gayle too long to get going and by the end of the fourth over it already looked like he would take the Kings XI bowlers to the cleaners as he smashed 21 off Ryan Harris’ second over.
Ryan McLaren brought some relief for Gilchrist in the form of the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan (16) and it should really have been two wickets in two overs for the all-rounder after umpire Russell Tiffin inexcusably shook his head after Virat Kohli got a big edge through to the keeper.
Kohli played the anchor role during his 31-ball 27 as Gayle did all the hard work from the other end in their 111-run second-wicket partnership.
There was brief respite for the Kings XI as spinner Puyish Chawla dismissed both set batsmen in one over. Just one ball after being dropped on the square leg fence, Gayle was caught at deep midwicket. Two balls later it was 155 for three as the ball went off Kohli’s pads onto his stumps.
AB de Villiers smashed 27 from 14 but Harris finished off with the wickets of Saurabh Tiwary, Asad Pathan and Mohammad Kaif in his final two overs to limit the damage somewhat as Bangalore finished with 205 for six.
Chasing the 16th highest total in the IPL was always going to require something special for the Kings XI and when they lost captain Gilchirst to a needless run-out to off the first ball of their innings, it was as if the rest of the batsmen lost their self-belief immediately.
They slumped to 67 for seven as the batsmen gave their wickets away. As if he didn’t already have his man-of-the-match award wrapped up Gayle even got in on the act with the ball as he had the exciting Paul Valthaty caught at square leg for 21, trapped Dinesh Karthik lbw for 20 and bowled Chawla for five to finish with three for 21.
Sreenath Aravind had an even bigger say with the ball as he claimed the wickets of Abishek Nayar and Shaun Marsh in the middle and then finished his spell by outfoxing Ryan McLaren – who top scored with 28 – and Harris with slower balls.
The Challengers’ emphatic win, their fourth victory in a row, sees them move to fourth place in the IPL standings with 11 points while the Kings XI are second from bottom on six points. Cricket365