Chris Gayle blasts Bangalore to victory in IPL

Gayle in action at IPL. Photo credit: sportinglife.com

Chris Gayle hit an unbeaten century as Bangalore Royal Challengers thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League encounter in Kolkata.

Gayle announced his arrival to the competition by blasting seven sixes and 10 fours en route to a 55-ball 102 against his former franchise as Bangalore chased down their target with 11 balls to spare.

Earlier, batting first after losing the toss, Jacques Kallis (40), Gautam Gambhir (48) and a quickfire 46 from Yusuf Pathan helped the Knight Riders to 171-5 but it proved to be insufficient with Gayle at his destructive best.

Harbhajan Singh claimed five wickets to help Mumbai Indians clinch a sensational eight-run victory over Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai set a target of 165 for Chennai on the back of Rohit Sharma’s 48-ball 87 and the defending champions could only reach 156 for nine despite a battling unbeaten half-century from Subramaniam Badrinath.

Harbhajan derailed Chennai’s chase with his magical spell of five for 18 and was backed up well by a brilliant fielding display led by Kieron Pollard.

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20 Comments

  1. May 23, 2011

    The cricket teams of yester years are a dream over.Can we forget those west Indians
    who were role models of sports ethics.I still remember the test (5 day) that ended in a tie
    between west indies and Australia.The present gen will sure admire the west indies.Now
    it is all over.

  2. Dspn
    April 25, 2011

    Money motivates people

    • Piper
      April 25, 2011

      For only a short period of time. After is it business as usual. They will only step up if there is a possibility of losing it if they don’t perform. Once they know they are guaranteed an income, they really don’t put out very much.

  3. Motor Cycle
    April 25, 2011

    If he performs better in the IPL them why does he want to hug a space on the Windies. The West Indies board must clean out all these ambivalent players and get a squard of committed professional players. Brian lara was the one who started this kind of attitude, he thought he was above the game and was playing hafl heartedly.

    Its not only the money which make Gayle perform better. Its also the spectre of local indian fans cannibalizing him if he does not deliver. Indian fans don’t play like West Indians

  4. The truth
    April 25, 2011

    If west indies had lost the game to Pakistan I wonder if he would have came out and performed. This guy is such a wicked person. He seem to think west indies is beneath him. His own nations. I am happy that he is out there and not with the team. At least now we have a team that work together and not individuals. Individuals do not win nothing! When was the last time gayle scored for windies? Yet he has the audacity to perform like that for money. Go on and make your money big man. Forget your people. See where that gets you

  5. nudibranch
    April 24, 2011

    the pay packet is higher in IPL than for internationals, why exert yourself if you aren’t getting paid?

  6. Die Hard
    April 23, 2011

    I glad they drop them man from West Indies. You see how they scoring runs now. I saw pollard in a game also you should see how the man diving to take catches and diving to stop balls from going for 4 runs, Wicked them man wicked. Drop them from the team self

    • Just Another Guy On The Street
      April 24, 2011

      Well I guess it’s a matter of economics then, dive where you get paid the best. And don’t give me that crap about playing for country and patriotism, last time I checked these two words did not pay bills!!

    • One Love
      April 24, 2011

      You have your wish. They have been dropped already. They are now free from the shackles of the crazy West Indies board

      Thay are now far away from jealousy and envy; Now they can perform to the heights that is truly theirs ; AND THEY ARE APPRECIATED BY THE HUGE CROWDS

  7. mo
    April 23, 2011

    so thats where gayle wnat to be making his big money

    • Just Another Guy On The Street
      April 24, 2011

      Your point being??

  8. Soufiere
    April 23, 2011

    One of the problems we have in the CARIBBEAN & as BLACK PEOPLE we don’t appreciate what we have . So Gayle hats of to you and perform where you feel satisfied. We are watching you and giving you SUPPORT that’s what you need. Congrats.

  9. bigmack
    April 23, 2011

    way to go chris! keep blasting my brother

  10. One Love
    April 23, 2011

    8-O “Gayle at his destructive best.”Can you imagine those bumbling idiots forced Gayle out?

    I mean the international commentator referred to that decision enough times this morning’

    GO CHRIS GO . . . . thanks for making us proud

    • yout
      April 23, 2011

      what yhou all need to understand is that MR.Gayle thinks of West Indies cricket as second nature…simple!!

      • Just Another Guy On The Street
        April 24, 2011

        Well maybe he has every reason too! Keep blaming Gayle and see not the flaw in the WICB!!!

      • One Love
        April 24, 2011

        POLLARD and GAYLE making ME PROUD to be West Indian ;

        ALL BY THEMSELVES THEY ARE CARRYING AND PROJECTING WEST INDIES ON THE WORLD STAGE

        SOON THE WORLD WILL BE ASKING HOW COME WITH PLAYERS LIKE THAT WEST INDIES DOESN’T HAVE A POWERHOUSE WORLD-CLASS TEAM (de board doh good)

    • LawieBawie
      April 24, 2011

      I am certain that he is going to be awesome throughout the IPL season. He however has been performing piss-poor for West Indies, which seems to indicate to me that he is really not as interested in West Indies cricket as he would like us to believe.

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