46th Match (N), Sharjah, Oct 26 2020, Indian Premier League
Kings XI won by 8 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
player of the match
Chris Gayle
Kings XI Punjab

Happy and emotional scenes from around the KXIP camp. A lot to ponder for KKR. Nothing is sure with that points table yet. We will see you tomorrow with more mayhem

Chris Gayle, Man of the Match: "Been training off the field when not playing. Doing my runs. Gym. Feeling good. Have a good feeling about myself and the team. Just capitalising on it, but still a long way to go. We had two very good spinners, we had to make a quick adjustment. Quickly assess what they were doing. And once you get going, you ease the pressure off Mandeep as well. Sunil has got me out so many times. He is the best spinner in the world. So when you get a wicket like this, when it is not turning much, you got to cash in. Mandeep is going through a lot. Last game we said wew ant to win it for him. So beautiful to watch him in the middle pointing out to his father watching from above. And dad, my dad, I love you. Today the coach asked the senior players, we need to step up in crucial games, I am glad we were able to put my hand up. And the youngsters in the team are telling me, 'Don't retire.'"

KL Rahul: "I am very happy. The whole team will be. we collectively decided to go out there and play positive cricket, and things can turn around. It is different persons putting their hand up at different times. Just happy that everything is coming together. Fingers crossed that we can win a few more games. The kind of toughness Mandeep has shown has rubbed on to other ways. Everybody is emotional. Just to put his hand up, just to be there, just to finish off the game, makes us so proud. When we have Anil Kumble as coach, it is no surprise we are playing two legspinners. He always had that in mind. He has worked really really hard on them. And not just on them, but also those who haven't played yet. Complete team effort, and a lot of credit should go to the coaches. Chris, it was a very hard decision not to play him, He is the hungriest I have seen in the last seven-eight years playing for different franchises. Running ones and twos. And you know how he keeps the dressing room upbeat. To do it over and over again, year after year... We will enjoy tonight's victory, enjoy tomorrow, and then start thinking about the next game. One game at a time."

Mandeep Singh: "This was very special. My father always used to tell me you should remain not out in the game. This one is for him. Even if I scored a double hundred or a hundred, he used to ask me, 'Why did you go out?'. My role was to score quicker, but I wasn't comfortable doing it. So I told Rahul if I play my natural game, I can see this through. So he was okay with me taking my time and he went after the bowling. I just told Chris he should never retire. He is the World Boss. He is too good."

Eoin Morgan: "Particularly here in Sharjah you have to counterattack if you lose wickets early. Disappointing our partnership couldn't get more. When we were three down, it was about getting a partnership. We thought 185-190 would have kept us in the game, wouldn't have been a match-winning total by any stretch. But we kept losing wickets. That's the nature of the tournament. There aren't many bad sides. Going into the last two, our fate is in our hands. If we win those two, we should be in a reasonably good position."

No jitters, no late nerves. KXIP are now No. 4 on the table. Everybody congratulates and consoles Mandeep Singh. He lost his father three days ago, but he has stayed back, and has got his chances because of an injury to Mayank Agarwal. Overall, a clinical game for KXIP. The seam bowling from Shami with the new ball, the legspinners' comeback after they were attacked, and then the Gayle assault when they were under pressure in the chase. Gayle and Pooran are an accidentally discovered combination that is throwing teams into disarray in the middle overs

Ferguson to Pooran, 1 run

sealed with a leg-bye. That is five straight wins. Short of a length again, quick again, but they run off the thigh pad. There might have been an inside edge because the umpire hasn't ruled this a leg-bye

Ferguson to Mandeep, 1 run

nearly a run-out. Short of a length, just outside off, he opens the face, but the point is in close. Pooran has to go back, but they will get the overthrow

Ferguson to Pooran, 1 run

short of a length, quick, runs this down to third man for one

Ferguson to Pooran, no run

full, fast, 147ks, some movement away. Beats the outside edge

In comes another madhatter, Nicholas Pooran. These two have thrown the best-laid plans into the bin

Ferguson to Gayle, OUT

massive slower ball. At 122ks. He is looking to leave it, but it is still there in front of his face. So he looks to ramp it, but ends up gloving it to short third man. Stand up and applaud another Gayle special. The game was in the balance when he came out to bat. The game is no more now

Chris Gayle c Prasidh Krishna b Ferguson 51 (29b 2x4 5x6) SR: 175.86

Gayle to finish it off in one shot?

end of over 1811 runs
KXIP: 147/1CRR: 8.16 • RRR: 1.50 • Need 3 runs from 12b
Mandeep Singh65 (55)
Chris Gayle51 (28)
Pat Cummins4-0-31-0
Lockie Ferguson3-0-29-0

Hundred runs for the stand

Cummins to Mandeep, SIX runs

and Mandeep celebrates this performance with a six. Again Cummins misses his yorker mark by a few inches, and this time he goes to his favourite area: over midwicket

Cummins to Mandeep, no run

bouncer, looks to ramp it away, but it is too high. Not called a wide

Cummins to Mandeep, FOUR runs

just short of the yorker length, and he goes over extra cover for four more. Hit off the cue, but has enough in it to clear the infield

Cummins to Mandeep, no run

looks to move around in the crease, and Cummins slips in a wide yorker to earn a dot

Cummins to Gayle, 1 run

another yorker, dug out for one to long-on

Giggity: "Gayle is now old enough to play for CSK. They should buy him in next auction ;)"

Cummins to Gayle, no run

starts off with the perfect yorker, in front of off. Dug out back to him

Sarat: "Remember, C.Gayle was unsold in 2-rounds during last auction :) "

Cummins comes back

end of over 1713 runs
KXIP: 136/1CRR: 8.00 • RRR: 4.67 • Need 14 runs from 18b
Chris Gayle50 (26)
Mandeep Singh55 (51)
Lockie Ferguson3-0-29-0
Prasidh Krishna3-0-24-0
Ferguson to Gayle, 1 leg bye

looks to pull this short ball, it skids on to his his thigh pad and go away for a leg-bye

Ferguson to Mandeep, 1 run

slower ball, nearly a yorker, dug out for one

Ferguson to Gayle, 1 run

short of a length again, inside edge, just short and wide of the keeper. That is the fifty. He flashes the big smile and "The Boss" sign on the back of his bat. And this time it is written the right way, and not upside-down

Ferguson to Gayle, no run

even shorter than last ball, and somehow manages to stay full of the pulling length. Defended

Ferguson to Gayle, SIX runs

oh Gayle at his best. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this ball except that it is bowled to Universe Boss. Short of a length, rib-high, 140-plus ks, and still he punches this over mid-off for a six. That is extraordinary

Ferguson to Gayle, FOUR runs

lovely bouncer at 146ks, gets it shoulder high, but the top edge goes fine of fine leg for four

Ferguson again. Nearly a run a ball now