Preview of match 16: KXIP vs SRH - patchy Punjab faces invincible Sunrisers

Especially, Chris Gayle, who tore the opposition camp in his first match of the season against Chennai. Rashid ended his spell conceding 55 runs from four overs.

The bowlers of SRH led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake have done impressive work by restricting the opponents to achievable targets making it easier for their batsmen.

Williamson scored 54 runs before being dismissed by Andrew Tye. It was the 14th over of the innings when Gayle actually turned the heat on. With alms from KL Rahul (18), Mayank Agarwal (18), Karun Nair (31) and Aaron Finch (14) the indomitable SRH bowling was battered and bruised throughout the KXIP innings. Andrew Tye and Mohit Sharma bagged two wickets each for Kings XI. Soon, Yusuf Pathan, dropped on five by Yuvraj Singh, was castled by Mohit. He did have a 76-run stand for the third wicket with Manish Pandey, but the latter was way too slow to help the team's cause. But even as it seemed like they were slow, Gayle was settling down.

These are early days in the tournament, but SRH are unbeaten so far, having won all the three matches.

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By then, Gayle had brought up his sixth IPL ton in just 58 deliveries, with a drive to point off Kaul and thereafter unleashing his trademark "Baby in the arms" celebration.

Chris Gayle, who is playing for Kings XI Punjab this season opened the batting with KL Rahul and took Punjab to a flying start. SRH Captain Kane Williamson replaced the injured Dhawan in the middle. Was quite gutsy from Ashwin to opt to bat and risk another successful chase from SRH, but he ruled out dew in favour of SRH's potential vulnerability against chasing big scores, given their bowling hasn't allowed the opponents to score many. It was just the one-man show in batting as he ransacked the most talked about bowling line up of IPL. West Indian Gayle also sent a warning during the last match with 33-ball 63 runs.

ALSO READ: Chris Gayle becomes first centurion of IPL 2018 The run chase started off on a disastrous note as they lost in-form Shikhar Dhawan in the fifth ball to injury. They play KKR next at Eden Gardens on Saturday whereas SRH return to the comforts of their home ground for the match against CSK on Sunday.

  • Regina Holmes