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22 Apr 2011

Chris Gayle hit a blistering maiden century in IPL 2011

Chris Gayle was definitely not in the mood to show any sympathy at his old team. He spearheaded Bangalore's fierce attack over Kolkata's bowlers by scoring his maiden century in IPL tournament. He played through out the inning and took only 55 balls to get those 102 runs for himself. Target of 172 set by Kolkata was not small in any sense, but Gayle made it sure that Bangalore took the final stride to victory. 

Chris Gayle hit 10 fours and 7 mighty sixes in his inning, that means 82 out of 102 runs came off only boundaries.   Tillakaratne Dilshan (38) supported him well in the start of the inning. The first wicket partnership lasted for 123 runs and was broken by Balaji as he clean bowled Dilshan with his first ball of 13th over. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli then took Bangalore to victory without losing any more wicket. Kohli made 30 runs not out. 

 Chris Gayle's knock came at the time when he lost his place from West Indies national side. He was also not selected by any IPL franchise at first hand. Obviously, Gayle has been going through some hard time. With this century, he should have been able to hit back to those, who didn't take him seriously. He must have left Shahrukh Khan pulling off his hair and in some extent, regretting for not reconsidering him for KKR. But for Chris Gayle, it was obviously not the same team where he played for 2 seasons as Kolkata had a complete facelift with new players. He was found twitting this piece earlier the match:

 Chris Gayle 

Back in Kolkata...looking to make my debut for RCB and yes against KKR,what a world lol!! Interesting but I'm so Royal Now,Sweet Azz India!!

He is definitely a Royal now...a Royal Challengers Bangalore!!!

Valthaty and Tendulkar are other players who scored a century in IPL 2011. 

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