IPL 2018: Chris Gayle century sees Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad

But just when Bangalore side was at the brink of the win the South African player was dismissed by Andrew Tye in the 19th over

But just when Bangalore side was at the brink of the win the South African player was dismissed by Andrew Tye in the 19th over

Mohali: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) ended Sunrisers Hyderabad's (SRH) unbeaten run in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), as they beat the 2016 champions by 15 runs here on Thursday. Bearing this in mind, the Kings XI Punjab would have wished for an auspicious sign-off from their home ground.

The rest of the Kings XI batting lineup were reduced to supporting roles with Karun Nair's 31 being the next highest score.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and Kaul picked up a single wicket each in the match for Sunrisers.

Skipper Kane Williamson (54) and middle-order batsman Manish Pandey (57 not out), however tried to narrow the gap between the runs but lack of support from other batters costly hugely. On top of which, once Shikhar Dhawan retired hurt tonight, copping a blow to his left hand, SRH never appeared to be in the chase.

Despite a fighting fifty from Manish Pandey (57*) the Sunrisers fell 15 runs short of victory having failed to keep up with the rate required.

For KXIP, Mohit Sharma and Andrew Tye took two wickets each, as the hosts got another two crucial points in the tournament.

Chris Gayle and KL Rahul can be the impact batsmen from the Punjab dugout.

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HUNDRED! Chris Gayle is in the form of his life as he has just got to a century!

By then, Gayle had brought up his sixth IPL ton in just 58 deliveries, with a drive to point off Kaul and thereafter unleashing his trademark "Baby in the arms" celebration.

The bowlers of SRH led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake have done impressive work by restricting the opponents to achievable targets making it easier for their batsmen. SRH will need them to score big runs to post a challenging total on the board.

Hyderabad managed only 40 runs in the Power Play and lost two wickets, apart from Dhawan. His innings included four sixes and seven fours. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are being counted as the most unsafe opening pair of IPL 2018. Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nayar, Mayank Agarwal will strengthen the middle order, though the poor form of Australian batsman Aaron Finch is worrying for the team.

He gave away 53 runs in his four overs.

The explosive opener made his debut for the franchise on Sunday, scored 63 off 33 balls as Ravi Ashwin's side made 197, good enough for a four-run win over Chennai Super Kings.

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