T20 2018: Chris Gayle played to perfection, says Punjab speedster Andrew Tye

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 20, 2018

Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan drew first blood for Hyderabad, dismissing Rahul in the eighth over.

So, the inevitable finally happened and Sunrisers Hyderabad's unbeaten streak was ended by Kings XI Punjab on Thursday at Mohali.

A six-ball cameo from Aaron Finch added 14 runs to their total, leaving Kings XI 193-3 from their allocation - a target Hyderabad never looked like reaching. Gayle batted with total freedom and class and struck an unbeaten 104 runs, hitting 11 monstrous sixes.

Every six was typical Gayle.

Having played in the IPL for such a long time, for different franchises, Gayle said he was well aware of the various conditions and the opposition bowlers and their plans, which made things easy for him on his day.

Bhuvneshwar bowled very well during that carnage by Gayle as he conceded just 25 runs from his four overs. And they will need it for they have Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in the next four days. both away games. This destroyed the bowling figures of Rashid Khan (4-0-55-1) where he hit 4 sixes in one of his overs while only Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-0-25-1) and Chris Jordan (4-0-31-0) bowled economical. Akin to a game of cat and mouse, they were doing a good job of wearing the bowling down and turning on the heat time and again. He might be getting on with the years but the Jamaican pushed himself hard to collect twos even during the latter stages of his innings.

"Our main bowler Rashid got hit for quite a few so we thought of using him towards the end". However, amid all the massive celebration in Mohali on Gayle's brutal innings, it was Yuvraj Singh's Gangnam Style-esque celebration that garnered much attention. Poor form in the last season coupled with niggling injuries resulted in Gayle going unsold on the first two days of the IPL auction before being picked for a base price of Rs two crore by Punjab. Though the knock included 11 sixes, it also saw gayle rotating the strike well, forming partnerships, not playing any risky shots and ensuring that he was there till the end to see his team through. But I can say: "Virender Sehwag, you saved IPL by picking me".

Another positive aspect for the hosts of Thursday's match is that of KL Rahul, who brought up the fastest-ever IPL fifty in Punjab's first match of their campaign against DD.

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