Majestic Gayle Blows Away Kings XI Punjab
Royal Challengers Bangalore 205-6 (Gayle 105) beat
Kings XI Punjab 120-9 (Aravind 4-14) by 85 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Bangalore
Chris Gayle's virtuoso performance saw the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a thumping 85-run win over the Kings XI Punjab and reaffirm their Indian Premier League play-off credentials.
Gayle became the first man to register two IPL centuries and the third to score three Twenty20 centuries as he made 107 out of his side's 205 for six.
And as if that wasn't enough, he then took three for 21 as the Kings XI Punjab limped to 120 for nine in reply.
The powerful left-hander crashed ten fours and nine huge sixes as he faced just 49 balls to reach three figures for the second time in four matches since being drafted in as a replacement for Dirk Nannes.
Virat Kohli (27) and AB de Villiers (27) offered Gayle support during an entertaining innings which also saw Ryan Harris take three wickets in four ball when he dismissed Saurabh Tiwary (13), Asad Pathan (0) and Mohammad Kaif (3).
The Kings XI were always facing an uphill task but their batting was ripped apart by Sreenath Aravind, who returned four for 14 and Gayle, whose off-spin bagged him figures of three for 21.
Aravind dismissed Abhishek Nayar (1), Shaun Marsh (4), Ryan McLaren (28) and Harris (17) while Gayle struck to remove Paul Valthaty for 21, Dinesh Karthik for 20 and Piyush Chawla for five as the Kings XI slipped to 67 for seven and rapidly fell out of contention.
They just managed to bat out their 20 overs with Daniel Vettori the other Bangalore player to take a wicket.
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