With the 11th six of his inning,when he hit Bhubaneswar Kumar over long off for a six,Gayle moved to 99. In the next over of Siddharth Kaul,Gayle took a single and completed his 6th century of his IPL career.
He also hit four consecutive sixes in Rashid Khan’s over. This year Gayle was not retained by RCB and was unsold twice in the auction.
Later he was picked up by Kings XI Punjab franchise for a mere base price of 2 crores.But,he proved why he is the best player of T20 cricket.In his first match of IPL 2018 against Chennai Super Kings, he played an outstanding Inning of 66 off 33 balls,second fastest half century from him off 22 balls and again in the match against Kings XI Punjab his century proved his capabilities. The Jamaican player became emotional after his century and said that many thought that he was too old but after this fifty,he did not need to prove anyone anything. He dedicated his century to his daughter.
Earlier in the match,Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first.With the help of Chris Gayle century,Kings XI Punjab put up a total of 193 at the loss of 3 wickets in their 20 overs.While chasing down a target of 194 runs,Sunrisers Hyderabad could only score 178 at the loss of 4 wickets in their 20 overs .Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey showed some hope for the Sunrisers but they could not lead the team to victory.Kings XI Punjab won the match by 15 runs.
Kings XI Punjab -193 / 3 (20 overs)
Sunrisers Hyderabad -178/4(20 overs)
Match Result -Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs.
Man of the Match -Chris Gayle for his brilliant knock off 104* off 63 balls.