Kings XI Punjab’s fortunes have modified because the arrival of Chris Gayle. Having misplaced six video games in a row, KXIP broke their shedding streak with a win in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore final week and most not too long ago, beat Mumbai Indians in a Super Over on Sunday to make it two wins from two matches.
Against RCB, Gayle hit a half-century, whereas on Sunday, he was given the accountability of taking strike within the second Super Over of the match after the primary one resulted in a tie – the second time it has occurred in IPL’s historical past. Needing 12 to win, Gayle tonked the primary ball – a full toss from Trent Boult – over the ropes, earlier than Mayank Agarwal completed the match for KXIP.
After the match, Gayle revealed that though there have been no nerves, he was in truth indignant that KXIP let the sport slip. In chase of 177, KXIP had been 108/2 earlier than shedding 4 wickets after each other and ended with the scores tied.
“No I wasn’t nervous (laughs). I was a bit more angry and upset that we got ourselves in this position,” Gayle instructed Agarwal on IPLT20.com. “But it’s a game of cricket and these things do happen.”
Although it was KXIP captain KL Rahul who took the Player of the Match Award for his knock of 77, Gayle reckoned the actual winner for him was Mohammed Shami, who bowled that implausible over for KXIP. Shami defended six runs in opposition to Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma within the first Super Over, pushing the sport right into a second tie-breaker.
“Shami is the man of the match for me,” Gayle continued. “To defend six runs against Rohit and de Kock, that’s fantastic. That’s a great job. I have faced you in the nets and I know that you can nail those yorkers, and nail them well. Today he came and delivered and brought it home for us.”
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