Only a day later Prithvi Shawsix consecutive fours against Shivam Mavi, a run of the Punjab Kings Chris Gale almost repeated the feat against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Universe Boss knocked out Kyle Jamieson for five fours in the PowerPlay final on Friday. Gail’s flash didn’t end there. In the next over bowling from Yuzvendra sighed, Gail hit two highs to propel the Punjab crew to a flying start.
Placed in the bat in the first place, the Punjab team started badly, losing Prabhsimran Singh (7) at the beginning of the inning. Skipper KL Rahul then teamed up with Gayle as the two led PBKS to 49/1 at the end of the first six overs.
Rahul and Gayle added 80 tracks for the second gate before the latter lost 46 in the 11th. Gail went for Daniel Sams’ hook, but the ball took the top edge and passed to the AB Williers goalkeeper. So far only Shane Watson and Gail have hit five or more fours in IPL twice.
For the clash against RCB, Punjab made three changes to their side, bringing in Riley Meredith, Prabhsimran Singh and Harpret Brar in place of Moses Henriques, Arshdeep Singh and Mayank Agarwal.
After winning just two games out of six so far, Rahul’s men are sixth in the four-point table.
“We’ve always been in this position, we just have to go out there and have a show tonight. We have three changes. Henriques and Arshdeep are out, Mayank is not feeling very well as he got hit in the last game.
“Meredith, Prabhsimran and Harprit are involved. This (inconsistency) is something we talked about. We are a young group of boys, except for Chris, but it is important to learn from our mistakes. I hope (a century for Gale),” he said. Rahul after losing the throw