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Chris Gayle's 53 fires Punjab to an 8 wicket win over Bangalore

Oct 16, 2020 00:09 IST

The Universe Boss made his presence felt in his first game as he smashed 53 off 45 balls to power Kings XI Punjab to their 2nd win in 8 outings in IPL 2020. But before Gayle-storm hit Sharjah, Royal Challengers Bangalore put up below-par total after deciding to bat first. Virat Kohli scored 48 while the rest of the batsmen failed to convert a good start into a big score. AB de Villiers was surprisingly dropped down the order as he scored just 2 runs after coming at number 6. Chris Morris smashed 25 off 8 balls as the team pushed hard in the final few overs. Chasing 172 to win, Punjab got off to a rollicking start with Mayank Agarwal and skipper KL Rahul firing all cylinders. While Rahul remained unbeaten on 61, Mayank made a quickfire 45. Chris Gayle playing his first game in IPL 2020 came out with a cautious start but soon caught up as he lit up the ground with the usual towering sixes. He made 53 off 45 balls but perished right at the end. With 8 needed off the last 16 balls, Kings XI Punjab made a complete meal of their chase but eventually won the match on the last ball to collect their 2nd win of the tournament.