Updated: October 16, 2020 3:18:05 pm
The Jamaican cricketer was hit by a stomach bug due to which he had to spend a few days in the hospital. Having recovered fully, Gayle replaced Mujeeb Ur Rahman in his first appearance in IPL 2020.
But the ‘Universe Boss’ returned to the side and immediately made his presence felt, helping Kings XI Punjab barely end a five-match losing run on Thursday.
His delayed debut was worth waiting as he blasted five sixes in a 53 from 45 balls as Punjab beat a high-flying Bangalore by eight wickets.
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Punjab overhauled Bangalore’s 171/7 with 177/2.
Gayle and Punjab captain Lokesh Rahul, 61 not out off 49 balls, looked like they would win this one easily when they needed 11 runs off the last 18 deliveries, but they were tied down by bowlers Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, then Yuzvendra Chahal in the last over.
Gayle was out off the penultimate ball, run out from the non-striker’s end, leaving Punjab needing one run to win off the last ball.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Gayle was asked if he was nervous during the match. “Not really. Come on man, it is the Universe Boss batting, how can I be nervous. I might give you a heart attack,” he replied in typical fashion.
Gayle is the 9th highest scorer in the IPL with 4484 runs in 125 matches at 41.13 with 6 hundreds and 28 half-centuries. He holds multiple batting records in the league including the most sixes (326), most number of hundreds (6), the highest individual score (175 not out), among others.
(With AP inputs)
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