IPL 2018, KXIP vs SRH

IPL 2018 When Rashid Khan experienced an off-day

Ashwin came under the attack, conceding 53 - the most in an IPL game for him - but the only harm it did was to allow SRH narrow down the margin of their first defeat of the season.

Mohali track was once again lit up by a fiery and a merciless innings played by Chris Gayle.

Kings XI advisor Virender Sehwag was instrumental in the team's late bid for Gayle at the auction and he can now expect talks with the batsman.

Seamer Mohit Sharma (2-51) then bowled the other opener Wriddhiman Saha for six and not even a 76-run, third wicket stand between Williamson and Pandey could rescue Sunrisers. You don't often see (spinner Rashid) Khan get hit for more than 25 in one over.

Earlier in Mohali, KXIP had failed to crack the code against Sunrisers. Showing no nerves or anxiety to provide a fiery start, Gayle negotiated some good bowling in the powerplay and waited patiently to get deliveries in his range.

Christopher Henry Gayle scored the first century in this edition of IPL as Kings XI Punjab defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs. Interestingly, during the IPL auctions in January this year, Gayle was unsold in the first round of bidding. Rashid Khan, who has been famous for not letting the batsmen free their arms, was brutally thrashed in today's match.

Hyderabad gave him an inch and he took the whole match away from them. However when the Aussie connection of Finch and Tye combined to see off Williamson in the 15th over the task became all the more hard, before Tye's second wicket two overs later all but snuffed out any hope of a come-from-behind win.

Satisfied with the win, Gayle said, "Overall, I'm happy with the win and now (time to) move on to Kolkata". Kings XI Punjab now have 6 points in first four games, they have not lost a home game this season. Where it looked that KXIP could reach only 170-180, Gayle's power play set a flawless platform for them to target at least 200 on a pitch that looked placid.

Uthappa counted six fours and a pair of sixes while Narine struck five fours and a six before becoming the second wicket to fall in the ninth over, run out after failing to regain his ground after exploring a sharp single to short third man. They now seem to be on a mission with a top-heavy batting comprising KL Rahul and Gayle followed by the flair of Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair.

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