Chris Gayle opened up in a candid chat with teammate Arshdeep Singh after helping the Punjab Kings end their 3-match losing streak as they beat Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets in Match 17 of the IPL 2021 on Friday night.

Chris Gayle and KL Rahul shared an unbroken 79-run partnership for the 2nd-wicket (Courtesy of PTI/BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Punjab Kings (132/1 in 17.4 overs) beat Mumbai Indians (131/9) by 9 wickets
  • KL Rahul top-scored with 60 not out in the chase while Chris Gayle remained unbeaten on 43
  • The win helped PBKS snape their 3-match losing streak and move up to 5th spot on the IPL 2021 points table

Punjab Kings batsman Chris Gayle was at his jovial best on Friday night after guiding his team to victory by 9 wickets against Mumbai Indians in Match 17 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Chennai.

Chasing a below-par 132 to win, PBKS rode on superb knocks from their skipper KL Rahul, Gayle and opener Mayank Agarwal to cross the finish line with 14 balls to spare and end their 3-match losing streak in IPL 2021.

Speaking with his teammate Arshdeep Singh after the match, Gayle told the young fast bowler that he was feeling relieved and happy at the same time as Punjab Kings finally managed to get back to winning ways in the tournament.

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“I’m feeling relieved to be honest, we wanted this one badly. We knew playing against the defending champions is always going to be tough, they played 4 games here (in Chennai) already. To actually get this win is fantastic for the team and for the Universe Boss as well,” the Universe Boss told Arshdeep in a candid chat for iplt20.com.

Gayle praised PBKS captain Rahul with whom he shared an unbroken 79-run partnership for the 2nd-wicket which ensured PBKS’s second win this season and 13th over the defending champions out of 26 T20s.

Rahul top-scored with 60 not out while Gayle remained unbeaten on 43 as PBKS beat MI to move up to 5th position on the IPL 2021 points table.

“Our captain played a fantastic innings, we always said we need a set batter on this wicket. And to actually ease the pressure off him and to finish the game, I thought he did a brilliant job from a batting point of view. Mayank and the captain set the tone and made it a bit easier,” Gayle said.

Punjab Kings, who are once again gunning for their maiden IPL trophy this year, will now move to Ahmedabad where they will next face the two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium on April 26.

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