Don’t slip catches, they can cost matches and especially it is of West Indian giant Chris Gayle. The Royal Challengers Bangalore star was let off the hook twice by Kings XI Punjab players in Match 40 of Indian Premier League played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and the big guy ensured the opposition paid a heavy penalty. The left-handed Caribbean went on to hit his fifth IPL century in an incredible display of power-hitting. Gayle smashed 117 in 57 balls, raining a dozen sixes and seven fours, which set the packed stands on fire and sent frenzied fans into tizzy. His innings was no less than watch the video highlights of the match that not only helped RCB register a 138-run win but also climb to third place in IPL 2015 points table.
Put in to bat first by Punjab skipper George Bailey, Gayle opened the innings by scoring a solitary one in the first over of Sandeep Sharma, he blasted Johnson in the second over hitting three sixes and two fours and took the score to 27, with 26 runs from that over. Though dropped twice, once by Bailey at the long run in third over of Mitchell Johnson and by Manan Vohra at deep midwicket in ninth over of Akshar Patel, Gayle took the Punjab bowlers, including pacer Johnson to the cleaners as hit them all over the ground much to the delight of his die-hard fans.
Courtesy the crackling hundred against KXIP, Chris Gayle crossed 3,000 runs mark in IPL as well as hit his 14th T20 century. The Jamaican posted his maiden century in this tournament after hitting 96 in 56 balls with seven sixes and seven fours against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata on April 11. (Inputs from Agencies).