A lot of question marks were raised on Chris Gayle’s place in the final XI of Punjab Kings. Cricket boffins across the globe had questioned Gayle’s fitness as he wasn’t running the quick singles and taking the twos. However, the Universe Boss showed his class against defending champions Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Friday.Also Read - IPL 2021 | England Players to Get Green-Light For Participation as Bangladesh Series Postponed: Reports
Gayle scored 43 runs from 35 balls against MI with the help of five fours and two sixes. The West Indies legend made the most of his experience and played a key role in taking his win to a win by nine wickets against a potent MI team. In fact, Gayle struggled to get going in the initial phase of his innings but soon was able to get his timing after facing a few balls. Also Read - Vinay Kumar Joins Mumbai Indians Talent Scout Team
Gayle added 79 runs with skipper KL Rahul, who scored a fine knock of 60 runs from 52 balls with help of three fours and as many sixes. As there wasn’t a lot of pressure of the scoreboard as Mumbai Indians had only posted an under-par score of 131 runs, both Rahul and Gayle took their time in the initial phase of their innings and kept the wickets in hand. Also Read - Harbhajan Singh Recalls When Varun Chakravarthy Troubled MS Dhoni in CSK's Nets
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Meanwhile, Punjab Kings had their work against the reigning champions Mumbai Indians but they were able to come up with a collective effort. PBKS were able to keep Mumbai Indians at bay as the defending champions could only score 21 runs in the powerplay overs.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma was the lone warrior for the defending champions as he scored 63 runs. However, the rest of the batsmen couldn’t get going. Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi were the pick of the bowlers for Punjab Kings as both of them bagged a brace and conceded only 21 runs in their quota of four overs.