Harjit Mehat | cricket20
Adam Gilchrist rolled back the years with a scintillating century to help keep the Kings XI Punjab’s faint play off hopes alive against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
The Kings XI skipper smashed 8 fours and 9 sixes during a 55 ball innings, scoring 106 runs to help the Kings XI reach 232-2, a total he’ll hope his bowlers can defend against the dangerous Chris Gayle.
Gilchrist was supported by Shaun Marsh who scored 79 during the pairs record breaking 2nd wicket stand of 206 to leave the Royals Challengers facing a massive run chase.
Despite playing the supporting role Marsh wasn’t to be outshone as he smashed 32 runs off the bowling of Johan van der Wath in the 15th over as the Kings XI batsman went on the rampage.
Having struggled early on, Gilchrist hit the accelerator in the 8th over, dispatching Sreenath Aravind for a boundary and a six to kick start his innings after scoring just 2 runs from 9 deliveries.
The Kings XI skipper followed this up with two towering sixes off the bowling of Gayle in the next over before Charl Langeveldt was spared no mercy in the 10th over as the Aussie cruised past 50 with a six over midwicket.
Having reached his 2nd half century of the tournament from just 25 deliveries, Gilchrist continued to press on, peppering the boundary with fours and sixes during his record breaking stand with Marsh.
The skipper reached his century mark with a boundary in the final over to cap an extraordinary innings by the 39 year old Aussie which was finally ended by Langeveldt with just 2 balls to spare.
It marked a remarkable comeback after the Kings XI had been reduced to just 25-1 after Paul Valthaty (20) was dismissed in the 4th over by Langeveldt.