Gayle hailed for sportsmanship but Kings XI crash out of IPL
Windies batsman Chris Gayle has been commended for a gesture of sportsmanship after walking immediately after being dismissed by the Chennai Super Kings in a must-win encounter on Sunday.
Gayle, who was yet to score, headed back to the pavilion after nicking a ball which slid down leg from the back of a length, bowled by Lungi Ngidi. The batsman was not given out by the umpire but Gayle turned and left the pitch without the decision being given.
According to TV replays, the batsman was indeed out as the ball touched his gloves before being gobbled up behind the stumps by MS Dhoni.
As they have in previous matches, Kings XI struggled following the departure of the Gayle as the team struggled to put runs on the board. After KL Rahul (7) was also dismissed early the team limped to 153 for 10. In response, Suresh Raina scored a patient 48-ball 61 as Chennai made 159 for 5 in 19.1 overs. The result officially eliminated the team from making the IPL playoffs. The win ensures the second spot for MS Dhoni's CSK as they will now head to Mumbai to face Sunrisers Hyderabad for Qualifier 1 at Wankhede Stadium