Kings XI Punjab 193-3 (Chris Gayle 104*, Karun Nair 31, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1-25) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 178-4 (Kane Williamson 54, Manish Pandey 57*, Andrew Tye 2-23) by 15 runs.
Chris Gayle’s blistering hundred helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) overpower Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 15 runs in the Indian Premier League match at Mohali on Thursday.
Gayle’s unbeaten 63-ball-104 – his 21st hundred in shortest format – propelled KXIP to 193 for 3 in 20 overs and they then restricted Sunrisers to 178 for 4, recording their third win in the tournament. For Sunrisers, it was their first defeat after three successive wins.
“A lot of people thought I’m too old. After this innings, I have nothing to prove,” Gayle said immediately after his knock.
While chasing, Sunrisers were dealt with a blow at the start when Shikhar Dhawan retired hurt after being hit on the elbow off the very first delivery that he faced from Barinder Sran.
Wriddhiman Saha (6) tried a cross-batted heave only to be clean bowled in the process by Mohit Sharma. Yusuf Pathan (19) got two reprieves with Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh dropping sitters off Mohit and Sran’s bowling. Mohit however had the last laugh as he dragged one back to his stumps.
Pacer Andrew Tye (2/23 in 4 overs) and rookie mystery spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman (0/26 in 4 overs) then stifled Sunrisers in the middle overs despite Kane Williamson’s 54 off 41 balls and Manish Pandey’s unbeaten 57 off 42 balls.
In between themselves, Tye and Mujeeb bowled 15 dot balls, which proved to be crucial in the end. Even Sran (0/22 in 4 overs) was economical in opening the bowling.
Man of the Match: Chris Gayle, for his 104 not out.