IPL 2018, KXIP vs CSK : 3 things you might have missed
Yet an another last over thriller from the men in yellow but failing to be on the winning side for the first time despite a fighting half-century from Dhoni who fought a lone battle until the end.
Gayle led Kings XI posted a challenging 197 runs on the board which looked just par given the start they had but proved to be enough to defend it. Dhoni gave them a real scare until the final ball keeping both dugouts at the edge of their seats till the finish but with the absence of their key player Raina, it was always going to be a challenge. This match also saw the return of Chris Gayle who sat out for few games smashing a 22 ball half-century for his side.
Sportskeeda takes a look at the three unnoticed things from the match which had a considerable impact on the end result.
#1 Calm before the storm
Chris Gayle announced himself in this edition of IPL with a blistering half-century off just 22 balls smashing seven boundaries and four sixes. Despite a slow start to the innings playing out 6 dots in his first 10 balls, he unleashed the big hits at the right time for Kings XI to give them a good start and post a competitive total on the board.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave good support at the other end stringing decent partnerships with Chris Gayle. Overall, he smashed 66 runs off just 33 deliveries at the strike rate of over 190 earning him a man of the match award. The Universe boss arrived in style!