However, he let loose after completing his half century.
Unsold in two rounds of auctions before eventually getting picked at base price to now becoming the first centurion in IPL 2018 - Gayle had a point to prove and he did that in typical style.
More surprising than SRH's Stanlake-Jordan swap perhaps was Ashiwn's decision to bat first, for the norm of IPL 2018 has been win-toss-and-chase.
The crowd, that faced drizzles on their way to the PCA Stadium, was treated to a typical "Gayle-storm" as the opener scored most of his runs through sixes - 11 in all - and hit just one boundary. Andrew Tye and Mohit Sharma bagged two wickets each for Kings XI. As her daughter Crisalina will turn 2 tomorrow, Gayle mentioned that he would dedicate this special knock to her.
Six of his 11 maximums came off the leg-spinner, including four in succession in the 14th over, as the normally economic Rashid finished with figures of 1-55.
However, Punjab will want another veteran, Yuvraj Singh, and Mayank Aggarwal to also be among the runs as the home batsmen will require to be on top of their game against the Hyderabad bowlers. Although the pace attack is a thing to worry about for the Punjab-think tank, the spinners have more than made it up for the bowling unit as a whole. They bowled a lot shorter on this wicket. SRH Captain Kane Williamson replaced the injured Dhawan in the middle.
But, a 15-run defeat doesn't look too bad? Tonight was an example of what SRH would be hoping doesn't become a trend in tall chases.
Both, KXIP and SRH are on 4 points each.
In reply, the early losses of Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan put Sunrisers firmly on the back foot, with Williamson and Yusuf Pathan forced to consolidate. We could have conceded 10 runs lesser to work on the net run rate, it didn't happen but we're still happy.
With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.