Punjab Kings have ended a three-match losing streak and handed defending champions Mumbai Indians a nine-wicket thrashing in the Indian Premier League as 41-year-old Chris Gayle got back in the groove.
The Punjab bowlers had set up Friday's win by limiting Mumbai to 6-131 but it proved no problem for the Kings whose captain Lokesh Rahul (60 not out) and evergreen Gayle (43 not out) guided them home with 14 balls to spare.
It meant that Punjab joined Mumbai in mid-table with two wins from their five matches.
Punjab had made a whippy start, taking 15 off Krunal Pandya's first over.
Gayle joined Rahul at 1-53 in the eighth over and they were tied down for five overs by wicket-earner Rahul Chahar and fellow spinner Jayant Yadav.
Then Gayle hit Yadav for successive boundaries, Rahul smoked Kieron Pollard over the fine leg fence, and the run-rate required was comfortable again.
The batsmen finished it in a hurry when Gayle hit Trent Boult over deep midwicket and Rahul smashed the fast bowler over long on and angled the winning runs to the third man boundary.
Rahul cracked three boundaries and three sixes, while the 'Universe Boss' Gayle, back in his element, smote five fours and two sixes.
Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav had earlier threatened a decent total for Mumbai while they were together for 79 into the 17th over, but their departures in quick succession -- Yadav to a top edge for 33 off 27 balls then Rohit for 63 off 52 -- stymied the team's ambition.
Mumbai scored only 4-34 off the last five overs, three overs being notably miserly from fast bowler Mohammed Shami.
Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Hooda and Australian allrounder Moises Henriques, who conceded just 12 off his three overs, also made notable contributions.