Kings XI Punjab nearly made a mess of it once again, but Nicholas Pooran's six off the last ball ended the team's losing streak on Thursday. K.L. Rahul's men beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
On Thursday, Chris Gayle played his first game for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League 2020. The franchise had seen some splendid performances from openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, and in the bowling department from Mohammed Shami. But despite the individual brilliance of a few players, KXIP were not being able to convert them into wins.
Gayle smashed 53 runs in 45 balls and was the match winner for his team. After reaching his half century, Gayle was seen pointing towards 'The Boss' sign on his bat. In a conversation with cricketer-turned-commentator Chris Gayle after the match, Gayle was asked about the gesture and he explained the reasons.
"All I was saying, put some respect on the name [by pointing to his bat sticker]. That's all," he said.
With Rahul and comeback man Chris Gayle at the wicket, seven runs from the last two overs should have been a walk in the park.
"Come on man, it is the Universe Boss batting, how can I be nervous? Maybe I gave you a heart attack," Gayle, told the broadcaster about the final-over drama.