Bangalore: Describing Gayle’s innings as a phenomenal knock, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist doffed his hat on Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle, in the Indian Premier League match.

"That was a phenomenal knock. The wicket was doing a bit and he did not get bat on ball for 10 balls. Then he took the game away from us. We were shell-shocked actually," Gilchrist said after KXIP lost by 85 runs.

Gayle hit a record nine sixes and 10 fours in his 49-ball knock and Gilchrist said his side was thinking of chasing more than 230 when the West Indian was going great guns.

"It is a small ground, there were a few miss hits from Gayle that carried over. We pulled back a little bit. It looked like they would get 230-240, but it was all too much for us," Gilchrist said.

"He (Gayle) came back to take lazy three wickets. He has brought a good change for his team. We play again in two days, have got to try and fire up again," said the Australian great.

RCB skipper Daniel Vettori said his side dished out a perfect Twenty20 game with Gayle playing the main role.

"Almost the perfect T20 game. It was amazing to score a hundred (by Gayle) in that fashion. The wicket was not an easy one to bat on," Vettori said.

"The big thing for us was our fielding. If we do that, everything falls in place. Gilchrist's run-out first ball made it easier for us. Aravind has been a really good find for us," said the New Zealander.

Man of the Match Gayle said he was unpredictable and he can destroy any side on his day.

Asked about his amusing style of celebration after taking each KXIP wicket, Gayle said, "My celebration is the tuk-tuk train, that is a regular thing for me."

(Agencies)