In a Legends League Cricket Match at Ranchi, Chris Gayle swatted Colin de Grandhomme for a one-handed six over mid-wicket.
Opting to bowl at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium, the Gujarat Giants restricted the Manipal Tigers to 173-8. For Manipal, Hamilton Masakadza hit 37 in 18 balls, while Thisara Perera smashed a 17-ball 32 as Rajat Bhatia finished with 3-31.
Chris Gayle, 44 years old, opened the batting with Jacques Kallis, and both men set off from the onset. Kallis cut loose in the fifth over, putting Mitchell McClenaghan away for four fours.
Colin de Grandhomme came on to bowl the next over. Gayle picked up two boundaries from the first five balls and a third off the sixth, which turned out to be a no-ball.
As De Grandhomme bowled the free-hit short, outside the off-stump, Gayle simply stood back and middled the pull. His front hand came off the bat during the stroke, but there was enough power for the ball to soar over the mid-wicket fence.
Gayle was eventually bowled by Imran Khan for a 24-ball 38. Gujarat slipped from 75-0 to 99-3, but Kallis and Parthiv Patel kept them in the hunt. At the second strategic timeout, they needed 26 in 24 balls with Kallis (54 in 38 balls) and Parthiv (32 in 21) at the crease.
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However, Chris Gayle’s Gujarat Giants suffered a narrow 10-run defeat at the hands of the Manipal Tigers in the second game of the 2023 Legends League Cricket season at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Monday.
The Tigers batted first and made 173-8 from their 20 overs after losing the toss. Hamilton Masakadza (37), Thisara Perera (32) and Robin Uthappa (23) were the main scorers. Chadwick Walton also contributed 17.
Rajat Bhatia took 3-31 from his four overs while Trent Johnstone was expensive in his three overs, going for 33 runs but picking up two wickets in the process.
Then, despite a top score of 56 from Jacques Kallis along with a rapid 38 from Gayle and 35 from captain and wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, the Giants were restricted to 163-9 from their 20 overs.
Man of the match Parvinder Awana took 4-19 from three overs to lead the charge for the victors. Harbhajan Singh was also economical with 2-14 from his four overs. Perera also completed a good all-round performance with 2-6 from two overs.