IPL 2018: Twitter Reacts As Kings XI Punjab Ends Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Unbeaten Streak
Chasing a huge 194, the Sunrisers suffered a big blow when Shikhar Dhawan was retired hurt after facing just one ball. Wriddhiman Saha also failed to get going, scoring just 6.
The ploy to promote Yusuf Pathan also backfired as the hard-hitting batsman could score just 19. At the end of the fifth over, Sunrisers found themselves reeling at 37 for 2. Captain Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey then steadied the ship. However, neither of them could bat as per the demand as the required rate mounted. They added 76 runs for the third wicket before Andrew Tye dismsised the skipper for 54.
The scoreboard might give an impression that it was a close game but the Sunrisers rarely looked in contention to chase down the big total and were eventually finished on 178 for 4.
Earlier in the game, Gayle turned back the clocks and scored a stunning century to help his side post a daunting 193 for 3.
Gayle then hit Chris Jordan for a four and a six to break the shackles. The over provided the much-needed impetus as the next two overs yielded 24 runs. At the end of powerplay, the scoreboard was reading 49 for nought.
Rashid Khan then sent back Rahul, ending his 18-ball 21 runs knock to draw the first blood. Mayank Agarwal then began brightly, racing away to 18 off just 8 before being dismissed by Siddharth Kaul. Gayle, on the other hand, was trying to play cautiously.
However, all hell broke loose towards the end as the giant Jamaican showed his true colors and accelerated. He was well supported by Karun Nair.
Kings XI reached the 100-run mark in the 12th over and Gayle completed his fifty off 39 balls in the following over. The carnage began from the 14th over when Gayle hit Rashid Khan for four consecutive sixes. Hyderabad were getting nothing to laugh at during the innings before Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Nair. The wicket ended the stand which was worth 85 runs.
Gayle, nonetheless, soon reached his hundred off 58 balls with the help of 1 four and 11 sixes. He remained unbeaten on 104.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
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