IPL’s match 16 just happened. The Universal Boss of T20 Cricket is back. Chris Gayle played an intelligent innings today that he used his power when there is the right opportunity. I really missed the Gayle who used to smash no matter what and get used to scatter early.
Ballers like Bhuveshvar Kumar did their best and I must say Sunrisers Hyderabad ballers handled the overs pretty good. But when someone like Chris Gayle is on strike, you would have to witness 4 straight sixes.
In the end Kings XI, Punjab didn’t cross 200 but this score was more than enough. They scored 193. With 194 set as the target, Sunrisers entered the bitch.
They didn’t lose any of what people call as “early wickets”. I am sure that they lost the match because they used up many balls. When it comes to T20, strike rate it what it counts. SRH batting featured two half-centuries. One from Kane Williamson and one from Manish Pandey. Shakib entered the ground and started scoring but that wasn’t ravishing.
End of the day, KXIP restricted SRH under 180 runs (178/4). I am more than happy to see Chris Gayle has changed his tactic into an intelligent player from a hot-steal player. RCB must feel the need for him.