Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Bangalore

Gayle's celebration and his version of VVS

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore

Abhishek Purohit

May 6, 2011

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Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli celebrate Piyush Chawla's dismissal, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Bangalore, May 6, 2011
No bird, no plane, it's CH Gayle © AFP
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The celebration
It was Chris Gayle's night at the Chinnaswamy. After dismantling the Punjab attack with nine sixes, he deadpanned his way to three wickets. There was more coming from the big Jamaican. Each time he got a wicket, he celebrated with what he later said was his version of the 'tuk-tuk train'. He flapped his arms, boxed the air, chugged around like a locomotive and charmed an already-delirious Bangalore crowd. "Things will happen when I am out there," Gayle said. "I am unpredictable." You are right, Chris. Never a dull moment.

Gayle does a Laxman
Gayle was already clobbering them in to the stands when he played a stroke that VVS Laxman has made a living out of. Ryan McLaren bowled a length delivery outside off stump. Instead of carving it over extra cover, Gayle showed that he could use his wrists as well. He brought down the bat at an angle slightly outside the line, and whipped the ball past a bemused mid-on fielder. He quickly went back to being Gayle though, slicing McLaren hard over point in the same over.

The face-off
After Adam Gilchrist went first ball, Paul Valthaty's was the wicket Bangalore needed next. Right after Gilchrist's dismissal, Zaheer Khan beat Valthaty outside off stump, and launched a torrent of abuse to unsettle the batsman. Valthaty managed to survive that over, and gave it back in Zaheer's next. He pulled a short delivery on one leg, cracked the next one past midwicket and punched the third on the up past extra cover. Valthaty soon got out to Gayle, but he had replied to Zaheer with those three boundaries.

The unusual field
At the start of Bangalore's innings, Gilchrist set a field that is rarely seen in the shorter formats. There was no one at short fine leg, long leg, square leg and deep square leg. It was clear where Praveen Kumar could not bowl. But soon, a length delivery arrived on Tillakaratne Dilshan's pads, and he happily flicked it to the deep square leg boundary. Gilchrist persisted with the field. Dilshan swivelled and pulled Ryan Harris for another boundary through deep square leg. This time, Gilchrist relented and some normalcy was restored to the field placings.

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Posted by Valavan on (May 7, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

@Parthi_nava,

You will see the cricinfo headlines, Gayle strom floors mumbai.. Another Jealousy fella, you show up here. Mumbai is Umbai without Malinga, Malinga is the M in Mumbai. You will see GAYLE STORM in Wankhade.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (May 7, 2011, 4:57 GMT)

What a character..Gayle's easily the most potent opener in all forms of cricket, along with his siamese twin from Najafgarh. Would not expect Viru and Gayle to show respect to the likes of Munaf, Bhajji and Ashwin. It would be interesting to see the way they handle Bollinger and Malinga.

Posted by Pankaj1955 on (May 7, 2011, 3:05 GMT)

There were those who said (before he had come) that Gyale would be a total failure at IPL. Then there were those who said - after his century in the very first match against KKR at Kolkata - that he only makes century in the first match and now he will not make any more centuries. Now that Gayle has made second century in his fourth match for RCB at an average of 94.66, they are questioning he will flop against Mumbai and CSK. I would now answer that on behalf of Gayle - do talk now and wait for the matches - but when Gayle bats only his bat would do the talking.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2011, 1:56 GMT)

My fellow Jamaican, Chris Gayle, is without questionthe most devastating batsman in world cricket. The Bangalore fans are certainly getting great entertainment and value for their money. Don't be surprised if Chris makes another century in the IPL before the playoffs. He is out to prove a point to the West Indies team management and selectors who dropped him from the team.

Posted by andre_koulen on (May 7, 2011, 1:54 GMT)

gayle is the best when it comes to t20 batting!!!!! no doubt about it. and b4 the tournament finish he will have the most runs

Posted by aeonix777 on (May 7, 2011, 1:36 GMT)

lol.. he doesn care who it is hes facin.. if he sees a juicy full toss, he'll hammer it outside the boundary.. if he sees a ball outside off stump, he'll swat it thru cover 4 a boundary.. an if its th good ol yorker, he'll treat it wid th respect it deserves.. dis barring whoevr th bowler is,malinga or luv ablish! top notch man.. keep enjoyin lik dis..:)

Posted by cgtboy87 on (May 7, 2011, 1:26 GMT)

the faster you bowl to him the fatser the ball fly go away

Posted by D_rant on (May 6, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

gayle can punish any fast bowler, remember what he did bret lee. he is the best power hitter in the game as of now

Posted by Parthi_nava on (May 6, 2011, 21:07 GMT)

Gayle will be out in single digits against CSK and MI...........

Posted by raghu1122000 on (May 6, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

What will really be interesting is how this rejuvenated bangalore side and especially Gayle will face against the the two best teams Mumbai and Chennai and bowlers like Malinga, Bollinger, Ashwin, Munaf who are hard to get away with.

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