Gayle was at his sumptuous best again on Thursday night at Mohali’s PCA Stadium as he slammed the first century of the IPL with the first century of the season.

The 38-year old, slammed an unbeaten 104 off 63 balls to make way for KXIP’s third win of the season and register his sixth IPL century. The bowlers restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 178 for 4 in 20 overs to hand them the first loss of the season.

“I am always determined to perform well for any franchise I represent in the world,” said Gayle.

“A lot of people were saying that Chris has a point to prove, and Virender Sehwag saved the IPL by picking me and I just want to put some respect on my name,” Gayle said after receiving his man of the match award.

Gayle wasn’t given an opportunity to play in Punjab’s first two matches but he has managed to make an instant impact after being drafted into the playing XI in the encounter against Chennai Super Kings in Mohali.

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The West Indies left-hander played a knock of 63 off just 33 balls to power the Kings XI Punjab to 197 in twenty overs in the encounter against CSK and he played a magnificent inning last night against SRH as well.