Chris Gayle’s maiden hundred in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 16th match of the tournament. Universe Boss- Gayle’s unbeaten innings of 103 which came off just 63 balls powered KXIP to a challenging total of 193/3 before the bowlers restricted the opposition to 178, handing KXIP a win by 15 runs. However, it was the Jamaican’s fantastic ton which was the highlight of the evening in Mohali. After a shaky start to his innings, the big West Indian launched a destructive attack on the bowlers. ICC’s number one ranked T20 bowler, Rashid Khan suffered the most of Gayle’s brutal onslaught as the Afghanistan leg-spinner was taken for 26 runs in one over- which included four humongous sixes. With a single on the off side in the penultimate over of the match, Gayle reached the three-figure mark, which sparked huge celebrations across the IS Bindra Stadium. However, Yuvraj Singh’s ‘Gangnam’ style jig grabbed the attention of fans across the world.
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Meanwhile, courtesy of Gayle’s magnificent knock KXIP notched up their third win of the tournament to sit at the third spot of the points table. Reflecting on his team’s performance, skipper R Ashwin expressed delight and speaking at the post-match press conference said, “I think it was a complete performance. It was one of those times when we won the toss and batted first and tried and defended a score. Did that pretty well. Would have liked to have given away 10 runs lesser for the NRR. Giving them a reasonable score to defend was something we thought we could handle at the end. It (bowling all pace in powerplay) was a good wicket. Chris batted well and took it away from them.”