Chris Gayle continues dazzling run in IPL 2018 with 50 vs Mumbai Indians
Chris Gayle continued his magnificent run in IPL 2018 as the West Indian opener notched yet another fifty for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their match against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Holkar Stadium, Indore, here on Friday. (KXIP v MI UPDATES | SCORECARD)
Early in the innings, the KXIP opener was kept in check by Jasprit Bumrah, who targeted Gayle with slower deliveries.
Gayle scored just a run off his first eight balls before getting into the act with consecutive boundaries off Hardik Pandya in the fourth over. While the first one was a full delivery thumped past the non-striker, the second ball was a slower one which was scythed away through point. He ended the over with a boundary over the short third-man fielder.
In the sixth over, Gayle hammered a back of a length delivery from McClenaghan over square leg, which went out of the park. He followed it up with a boundary over mid-off.
Gayle survived a tough chance when on 40 in the seventh over. He punched one straight to the right of Mayank Markande that burst through his hands even before the leg-spinner could react.
Gayle reached his fifty with a single off Ben Cutting in the 11th over. He smashed six boundaries and two sixes in the process. This was his fourth fifty-plus score in five IPL games this year. He was dismissed before he could add a run to his half-century.