Kolkata Knight Riders had had a tough IPL in 2010. This one match, here, looked like the one they were winning. KKR had posted 200 runs against Kings XI Punjab in the 34th match of the tournament, batting first and were looking to fire all gases while bowling.
Chris Gayle playing his last IPL for KKR had fired all guns too and it appeared that fortunes were about to change for the franchise. But the opposition was not ready to give in that easily. In form of Mahela Jayawardena, they had a classic orthodox player.
Jayawardena proved why he was an intelligent buy in the IPL by Kings XI Punjab. Jayawardena started off on a good note, playing some exquisite shots which only he would have played. He quickly adjusted to the pitch.
He scored 110 runs off just 59 balls, that included 14 fours and 3 sixes. This knock proved that Jaywardena was not in the team to just tap singles from here and there and hit occasional boundaries. He came out of his shell and started pelting bowlers all over the park. At the same time, he was not playing any fancy shot. He did not trap himself in the cage of T20 style of batting. He used his orthodox strokes to make the statement that he belonged to this format as well.
In just 18.2 overs, Kings Xi Punjab crossed the line, with Mahela Jayawardena going back to the dressing room unbeaten on 110.