Abu Dhabi: Within the 50th match of 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)’s Chris Gayle was at his harmful greatest as he marauded his solution to 99 and took KXIP to 185/Four wickets in 20 overs towards Rajasthan Royals (RR). Chasing the huge run goal, RR clinched victory from KXIP and received the match by 7 wickets with 15 balls left.
Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes have been the openers to RR. The duo had an excellent begin.
A gradual partnership of 50 runs earlier than the powerplay was an excellent stream for RR. Stokes scored his half-century within the sixth over. Nonetheless, instantly after scoring his 50 he departed. Chris Jordan took the large wicket.
On the finish of the powerplay, RR was at 66/1 with Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson on strike.
The duo lead the group’s rating to 103 runs by midway of the match.
Nonetheless, Murugan Ashwin dismissed Uthappa within the 11th over. Uthappa departed at 30 off 22 balls whereas RR’s rating stood at 111 runs.
Steve Smith took the burden of main RR in the direction of victory towards KXIP. However, Samson departed in halfway scoring 48 runs off 25 balls.
By the tip of 15 overs, RR was 146/3.
Smith scored 31 runs off 20 balls whereas Jos Buttler scored 22 runs off 11 deliveries main the group to clinch victory from KXIP. RR received the match by 7 wickets with 15 balls left.
Within the first innings, Gayle was restricted from his 23rd T20 ton as he received bowled by Jofra Archer off the fourth ball of the final over.
Left-handed Gayle hit six fours and eight sixes on his solution to 99 off 63 balls. He surpassed 1,000 sixes within the shortest format of the sport. He put up a 120-run stand with KL Rahul for the second wicket earlier than a 41-run stand with Nicholas Pooran, wherein the latter did a lot of the scoring.
Gayle then upped the ante when Glenn Maxwell joined him within the center, attending to 99 with a six over long-on. Archer got here again with an inch-perfect yorker that went previous his inside edge, hit his pad and ricocheted on to the wicket.
The bat then slipped out of Gayle’s hand as he seemed to hit the bottom with it, earlier than he shook arms with Archer.
Earlier immediately, RR received the toss and opted to bowl towards KXIP.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (captain/wicket-keeper), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith (captain), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi
IPL 2020: RR Limit KXIP At 185/4, Gayle Departs At 99