Twitter Reactions: Gayle-storm knocks Kandahar Knights out of the tournament

Twitter Reactions: Gayle-storm knocks Kandahar Knights out of the tournament

The Knights tried hard but Gayle had done a lot of damage up front.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Kandahar Knights struggled throughout the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) to stay in contention for the semi-finals. But they were unfortunate to be at the receiving end of the Chris Gayle storm and were knocked out of the tournament. Nothing went their way in the must-win game and though Brendon McCullum came back into form, it was too late for them.

After being invited to bat first, there was no magical knock from the Knights’ skipper Asghar Afghan this time around. Both the openers were back in the hut by the eighth over and only 36 runs were on the board. Soon they were reduced to 49/4 after which McCullum and Riki Wessels joined hands and stitched 65 runs for the fifth wicket in close to six overs.

The Kiwi batsman also finally found his groove and smashed his first half-century this season. Just when he was set to make a good start count, Ravi Bopara got better of him. Wessels also scored 39 runs during his stay in the middle which propelled the Knights to a decent total of 141 runs after 20 overs.

Gayle sucks the life out of the Knights

Kandahar Knights needed a stellar effort from their bowlers to qualify for the knockouts. But Chris Gayle was in the mood to smash the bowlers out of the park. He was fresh after taking a much-needed rest the other day. Sayed Shirzad was at the receiving end of the assault as 24 runs taken off the fifth over of the innings. He has been their best bowler in this tournament and the way Gayle attacked literally left the Knights wondering about what struck them.

The Universe Boss slammed a 16-ball half-century even as he sent the ball to Mars in the next over as well. Just when there were thoughts of the cricketer reaching the elusive three-figure mark, Karim Janat saved the day for his team as the legendary batsman missed to hit the low full toss out of the park. But he had done the damage and scored 73 off just 22 balls with five fours and eight massive maximums before getting out.

Waqar Salamkheil then picked a couple of quick wickets and tried to make things interesting but to no avail. The Legends had enough firepower in their kitty as they romped home with more than two overs to spare and the Knights were finally knocked out of the APL.

Here’s how Twitter reacted during the match:

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