T20 Big Bash League - KFC

Gayle 175 not out

26/4/2013 10:21 AM
Chris Gayle

Royal Challengers Bangalore 5-263 (Gayle 175*) defeated Pune Warriors India 9-133 (Steve Smith 41, Gayle 2-5) by 130 runs.

If you're thinking there's been a misprint, think again.

Chris Gayle went ballistic, berserk and Blitzkrieg for 66 balls to amount the highest T20 total ever, 175 not out.

His hundred came off only 30 balls - the fastest in T20 history. 

He launched 17 sixes, the most of any innings.

Gayle began with a few loose shots, ending up one from three after the first over. He then got into the groove, belting five fours off Pandey to get the run rate and heart rate moving.

Next to suffer was Mitch Marsh. The young Perth Scorcher felt the full wrath of Gayle, getting launched for four sixes and a four, copping 28 in what was at the time the most expensive over in IPL 2013.

It appeared that Australian was on the menu as Aaron Finch was feasted on next. His dinky left-arm orthodox darts were met with disdain. Dilshan's single from the first ball put Gayle on strike, the crowd buzzing in anticipation. Four more sixes and a scorching boundary resulted in another 28 for Gayle and 29 for RCB in what quickly became the most expensive over this season.

A glorious six on the roof raised his century from only 30 balls, eclipsing Andrew Symonds' record of 34 way back in 2004. He would go onto break the record for sixes by one off Graham Napier, and obviously shattered the highest score in a T20 fixture.

In reply, Pune were no chance. To lose by 130 runs is incredible; Bangalore were 6.5 runs per over better than their rivals. Steve Smith made a hurried 41 but it was never going to be enough. Gayle even chipped in with two wickets for five runs of the one over.

If he wasn't already the greatest T20 batsman of all-time, he's stamped his legacy now. No player has made hitting maximums look easier.

His performances in BBL|02 raised questions over his return this summer, but an innings like that almost guarantees his next contract.