Chris Gayle © IANS (File Photo)
Chris Gayle © IANS (File Photo)


May 9, 2014


In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, Bangalore’s openers, Chris Gayle and Parthiv Patel started rather cautiously. Sandeep Sharma, the swing bowler from Punjab got a bit of movement in the air and off the pitch trouble trouble Gyale outside his off-stump. The only time Gayle looked in fine touch when he thwacked Sandeep down the ground for a boundary. The young swing bowler bowled well for Punjab.  He finally got his reward by dismissing the big man with the one that moved away from Gayle. Virat Kohli followed him with Saha the wicketkeeper taking the catch behind the stumps. It was a close call that went in favour of the bowler. Sachin Rana survived the hat-trick ball.  The left-arm paceman, Mitchell Johnson bowled with good pace and hit the bat hard. Parthiv though showed his class by hitting Johnson for a six over mid-wicket region.


Earlier, Punjab’s batsmen made merry on a flat deck by essaying shots throughout the allotted 20 overs of their innings and ended up with a monstrous score of 198 for the loss of eight wickets on the board.  Actually, it was Virender Sehwag, who opened up his shoulders by essaying shots all over the park. He was particularly severe square of the wicket on both sides. Once he and Mandeep Singh, the young opener got out in quick succession, Glenn Maxwell went on a rampage. He was severe on Yuvraj Singh’s slow left-arm orthodox by smashing him for 19 runs in a single over.


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