Gayle becomes second batsman to remain unbeaten on 99 in IPL

Chris Gayle needed a six off the final ball of KXIP's innings to get to his hundred, but instead got a boundary.

Chris Gayle took 64 balls for his unbeaten 99 against RCB in Mohali.   -  AP Photo

It was an uncharacteristic innings from Chris Gayle as he missed out on his seventh IPL century after being left stranded on 99, in Kings XI Punjab's match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

Gayle needed a six off the final ball of KXIP's innings to get to his hundred, but instead got a boundary. During his unbeaten knock, he consumed 64 balls, hit 10 fours and five sixes.

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However, had he reached the century, this would have been his slowest T20 hundred. A bit of credit needs to be given to the RCB spinners who kept him quiet, with Gayle showing unusual patience against them. There was exhibition of his powerhitting too after he got lucky when RCB decided not to review the leg before off the fifth ball of the innings.

Amid all this, Gayle earned another record — becoming the second batsman after Suresh Raina to remain not out on 99 in the IPL.