Gayle blitz can't stop Kings XI

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Chris Gayle struck a whirlwind 71, but the Bangalore Royal Challengers were still beaten by a team effort from the Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

Chris Gayle struck a whirlwind 71, but the Bangalore Royal Challengers were still beaten by a team effort from the Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

Gayle's innings lit up the middle part of Bangalore's innings, but with the middle order failing to give the home side a strong finish they could manage no more than 158 for five.

That looked a par score, but solid knocks from Mandeep Singh, Nitin Saina and David Hussey saw the Kings XI to a tight four-wicket win with just one ball to spare.

The Punjab side batted positively from the get-go in their chase, with Singh striking early boundaries on his way to 43 from 30 balls.

Shaun Marsh was bowled early on by his countryman Andrew McDonald, but Saini came in at first drop to stroke a smooth half-century from 36 balls.

Saini was also undone by McDonald, but by that stage the Kings XI were well on their way to victory thanks to Hussey's four sixes.

Three run-outs in eight balls – which included the dismissal of Hussey for 45 from 29 balls – set up a tense finish, but Piyush Chawla held his nerve to strike the penultimate ball of the match for six to seal the points for the Kings XI.

Gayle had hammered four sixes – one of which disappeared right out of the Chinnaswamy Stadium – and shared in a mammoth 119-run partnership with Virat Kohli for the second wicket during Bangalore's innings.

Kings XI skipper Hussey had asked the hosts to bat in the knowledge that recent rain was likely to give his seamers something to work with, and Ryan Harris made the most of that as he bowled Mayank Agarwal with a brilliant outswinger early on.

Bangalore struggled to put bat on ball in the initial overs, but once the ball lost its shine Gayle set about taking the visitors apart in a 42-ball innings.

The relief was tangible among the fielding side when Gayle eventually holed out to deep midwicket off the bowling of Azhar Mahmood, and the Kings XI rallied as Kohli (45 from 42 balls) fell to Chawla in the next over.

Bangalore's decision to send Andrew McDonald in at number five backfired as he swished and missed in a 10-ball innings that saw the home side lose momentum, with only AB de Villiers (17) making a noteworthy contribution in the final overs.

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