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Chris Gayle smashes 104, helps Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad

20 April 2018, 12:59 | Stacy Ballard

IPL 2018: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul guide KXIP to mammoth win over KKR

IPL 2018 Chris Gayle KL Rahul Power Kings XI Punjab To 9 Wicket Win Over Kolkata Knight Riders

The Kings XI Punjab have won 2 out of their 3 matches and after denying MS Dhoni's attempt to win a thrilling game at Mohali the other day, would be feeling pretty confident about their campaign. The New Zealand cricketer racked up an impressive half-century, but, Andrew Tye got rid of him soon after, which made the task even more daunting for the Sunrisers. SRH will need them to score big runs to post a challenging total on the board.

Earlier, Gayle struck a 63-ball 104, laced with 11 sixes and a boundary to set the jam-packed stadium on fire.

Punjab bowling attack has Ashwin, Mohit Sharma and Mujeeb, Axar Patel and Andrew Tye but their secret weapon is the 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. For the statistically-inclined, this was Gayle's 21st century in T20 cricket, which is exactly three times the number of hundreds the next batsman in the list has. A knock which included 11 sixes and just a solitary four, this was the first 100 of the season.

Williamson used eight overs of spin, and those produced a whopping 99 runs. Co-owned by Preity Zinta, the KXIP defeated star-studded Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by four runs in its previous game.

Punjab now as high up as third in the table and more importantly high in confidence as well.

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Claude Giroux , Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek have combined for zero goals, four assists and are a combined -9 for the series. Shortly thereafter, Phil Kessel-to-Sidney Crosby-to-Evgeni Malkin puts the Penguins in front on the power play.

Short-ball ploy worked well for them. His best performance is against his current team KXIP, against whom he had scored 797 runs at an average of 53.13. Kane Williamson, the captain of the Sunrisers, sported his expertise in making crucial strategy in the field.

Yusuf Pathan (19 off 13 balls), who was dropped on 5 by Yuvraj Singh, became Mohit's second wicket in the fifth over. It was impossible to make a comeback from that stage as Sunrisers succumbed to defeat by 15 runs.

But KXIP exposed the chink in SRH's armory - batting that's heavily reliant on Shikhar Dhawan.

Chasing 194 for victory, Sunrisers could only manage to get 178 for 4 in 20 overs to lose their first match this season out of four games played.

In a one-sided show, Kings XI Punjab ousted Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture on Thursday at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.

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