With Chris Gayle’s half-century as Kings XI Punjab registered a convincing 14-run win over Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League match.
Gayle scored 79 off 47 balls and hit eight boundaries and four sixes in the process. Besides Gayle, young Sarfaraz Khan (46 not out off 29 balls) also played a good hand.
Opening the innings, Gayle started in an uncharacteristic fashion but grew in confidence as the innings progressed and helped Kings XI post a challenging 184 for four after being sent into bat.
Chasing the target, Jos Buttler (69) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (27) got Rajasthan off to a quick start, dealing in boundaries and sixes to pile up 64 runs in the first six overs of powerplay.
Gayle and Sarfaraz added 84 runs for the third wicket and in the process gave Kings XI the much-needed momentum.