Kings XI Punjab’s opener Chris Gayle became the first-ever batsman to hit 300 sixes in the Indian Premier League on Saturday, March 30 against Mumbai Indians at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali.
Chasing 177 to win against Mumbai Indians, Chris Gayle hit Mitchel McClenaghan for back to back sixes in the third over. He also smashed Hardik Pandya for consecutive sixes in the seventh over before getting dismissed for 40 off 24 deliveries to Krunal Pandya. Hardik Pandya grabbed a brilliant catch on the boundary line and ended Gayle’s dangerous scoring.
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However, the feat is undoubtedly special because there is no other player who has hit this much of sixes, even they haven’t crossed the 200-mark as well. The other batsmen who are in the list of hitting maximum: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers with 192 sixes, Chennai Super Kings’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni with 187 sixes and Suresh Raina from the same team with 186 sixes and Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma with 185 sixes.
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Prior to the game, Gayle had 4093 runs in his name from 113 matches at an average of 41.34 with six centuries and 25 half-centuries. He is the second overseas player after Warner to join the 4000-club.
Gayle has been in an astonishing form and he is the sixth highest run-getter this season with 99 runs after two games. He had scored 79 in the first game against Rajasthan Royals where he won the ‘Man of the Match’ award. During this knock, Gayle also broke David Warner’s record of becoming the quickest player to reach 4000 runs in the IPL.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya once again played a crucial part for Mumbai Indians after another dismal performance from the middle-order as Mumbai Indians scored 176 for 7. Quinton de Kock tried his best and scored a 39-ball 60 but the middle-order, unfortunately, was not able to contribute much before Hardik Pandya quickfire 31 off 19 balls to ensure Mumbai Indians crossed the 175-run mark.
While De Kock smashed six boundaries and two maximums, Hardik Pandya smashed three boundaries and a six off Mohammed Shami. Captain Rohit Sharma also played a good inning, scoring an 18-ball 32 with five boundaries.