New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Kings XI Punjab decided to leave out Chris Gayle for the sixth consecutive match when they faced Sunrisers Hyderabad in game 22 of the Indian Premier League 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. 

Punjab’s opening batsmen KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been in top form but the team’s middle order has been unimpressive in the tournament so far. Gayle was expected to replace Glenn Maxwell in Thursday’s game owing to the latter’s poor performance so far.

Gayle, who is regarded as one of the best T-20 batsmen in the world, has not yet played a single match in the IPL 2020. The 40-year-old had last played competitive cricket for Chattogram Challengers at the Bangladesh Premier League in January, this year. He had pulled out of the Carribean Premier League earlier this year citing personal reasons.

Punjab had managed to get Gayle on board in Indian Premier League auction in 2018. Rahul has said earlier this week that Gayle will play at the right time for the team in IPL 2020.

Punjab's middle order tumbled once again on Thursday and the team suffered a massive 69-run defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chasing a massive total of 202, Punjab lost its opener Mayank Agarwal for just 9 in the second over of the match. Wickets continued to tumble for the team on the other end as Nicholas Pooran marched on unassisted. Pooran was dismissed by Rashid Khan for 77 in the 15 over of the match, and shortly afterwards, the team was reduced to 132.

Punjab are currently placed at the bottom of the points table with just one win in six matches. 

Posted By: Lakshay Raja