Chris Gayle looked successful apical signifier arsenic aboriginal arsenic the archetypal lucifer for Punjab Kings successful the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The big-hitting West Indies large got disconnected to a good start, hinting the anticipation of a 'Gayle Storm' against the Rajasthan Royals astatine the Wankhede Stadium connected Monday.
Chris Gayle, however, missed retired connected a well-deserved 50 arsenic helium was caught by Ben Stokes successful the long-on erstwhile helium tried to deed part-timer Riyan Parag into the stands. Gayle needed conscionable 22 balls for his 40 arsenic helium deed arsenic galore arsenic 4 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Notably, this is the archetypal clip Chris Gayle has finished without a fifty-plus people successful the season-opening lucifer for Punjab Kings. Since joining the erstwhile finalists successful 2018, Gayle has ever managed to present large successful their play openers. Even successful IPL 2020 wherein, Gayle was benched for the archetypal fractional of the tournament, helium deed a 45-ball 54 successful Sharjah.
Chris Gayle successful season-opening matches for Punjab Kings
IPL 2018: 63 from 33 balls vs CSK successful Mohali
IPL 2019: 79 from 47 balls vs RR successful Jaipur
IPL 2020: 53 from 45 balls vs RCB successful Sharjah
IPL 2021: 40 from 28 balls vs RR successful Mumbai
Chris Gayle, dissimilar the past season, was handed a commencement arsenic aboriginal arsenic the opening lucifer for Punjab Kings. The 40-year-old made the astir of the accidental astatine No. 3 by taking the onslaught to the Rajasthan Royals bowlers and swinging the momentum successful their favour aft the aboriginal dismissal of opener Mayank Agarwal.
Gayle was dropped erstwhile by Rahul Tewatia and the big-hitting West Indies prima failed to marque the astir of the 2nd opportunity. However, helium stiched a 67-run concern with KL Rahul and acceptable up a level for the Punjab Kings to spell large astatine the decease overs.