What happened when Chris Gayle took on Rashid Khan and SRH in Mohali last time?

first_imgRashid Khan is back in Mohali. Chris Gayle is waiting in Mohali. One is possibly the most talented leg-spinner in world cricket. The other is arguably the greatest T20 batsman of all time. And when these two clash, sparks are bound to fly.Last time Rashid Khan and Chris Gayle clashed in Mohali, the ball flew – to all parts of the ground.Kings XI Punjab wisely bought the dangerous Chris Gayle in the 2018 player auction and Universe Boss repaid their faith by smashing 368 runs including 1 hundred and 3 fifties from 11 matches. That hundred was an innings of brute force and wizardry against an up and coming leg-spinner.On April 19, 2018, Chris Gayle took on Rashid Khan and he won. He hit only 1 four but bashed 11 sixes in 63-ball 104 to leave Rashid and Sunrisers Hyderabad dazed. SRH, who were without David Warner last season got off to a poor start. Shikhar Dhawan retired hurt after facing one ball. Wriddhiman Saha was out for 6. Yusuf Pathan looked promising but he fell for 19.Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey hit fifties to give SRH a fighting chance but their efforts were not enough for Chris Gayle had single-handedly destroyed the most balanced attack of the IPL.Rashid carted for 55 in four oversConsider this: SRH went in with an attack comprising Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chris Jordan, Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul and Shakib Al Hasan in that game. Bhuvneshwar, Jordan and Kaul bowled economically but Rashid was carted for 55 runs off his 4 overs. Shakib did not even bowl his full quota: his 2 overs were taken for 28 runs.advertisementIt more or less looked under control for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first 10 overs. KL Rahul had been dismissed and KXIP were 82 for 1. Chris Gayle was batting on 40 off 31 balls and Mayank Agarwal was looking to take the attack to the opposition. So far so good.A GayleStorm was lurking around the corner and then it happened. In the 14th over, Gayle smashed Rashid Khan for successive sixes and before you knew it, he was 77 not out off 45 bals. He got to his hundred in the 19th over with a single off Siddharth Kaul.KXIP would go on to win by 15 runs that night.After his hundred, Chris Gayle took a dig at critics who thought he was too old.”A lot of people thought I’m too old, after this innings, I have nothing to prove,” he had said.No, Chris Gayle does not have to prove anything to anyone. He is pure class and KXIP fans would be hoping for an encore in Mohali Monday night.Also Read | Jonny Bairstow tries to scare Kane Williamson on flight. Epic failAlso Read | 6 out of 6: Royal Challengers Bangalore touch new low in Indian Premier LeagueAlso See:last_img

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