Sunrisers Hyderabad faced its first defeat of the season at Mohali, where Kings XI Punjab defended a score of 193 by 15 runs. It was Chris Gayle who struck the first century of IPL 2018 tournament hauling the score to challenging heights. This blitz is, in fact, his second striking score in two matches he played. The first being a 33-ball 63 runs, Gayle’s latest was this unbeaten 63-ball 104. Chasing the high mark, Hyderabad started losing opening wickets cheaply.
Kane Williamson and Mayank Pandey steered towards a probable success, the win remained unreachable. Hyderabad had to wrap up the inning at 174 for 4 wickets. Gayle proved his worth as an irreplaceable batsman in IPL 2018 series playing as the match winner in back to back games. He feasted on leg spins from Rashid Khan plundering runs at a strike rate of 262.50. His half century came up in 39 balls. After his half century, he paced up the run rate reaching 100 in only the following 19 balls he played. He smashed 11 sixes and a single four in the inning in an exhilarating form.
In the inning Sunrisers bowlers remain restricted to the wickets of Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair. The latter added a substantial tally of 31 runs. Sunrisers had a cheap beginning losing Wriddhiman Saha, Shikhar Dhawan and Yusuf Pathan in the powerplay overs. Dhawan was retired hurt injuring his elbow. In the third wicket, Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey forging their 76-run partnership. However, the strike rate was below the required asking rate as they played through spin spells of Mujeeb Zadran and Andrew Tye.
Skipper Williamson thumped a half century scoring 54 runs off 41 balls. Manish Pandey remained unbeaten in the chase to score 57 runs off 42. In the final stretch, he partnered with Shakib Al Hasan. The latter hammered two sixes and four to score a 12-ball-24. However, the knocks were just not enough to scale up the winning margin.
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