‘Gaylestorm’ hits Dhaka: Chris Gayle smashes record 18 sixes in BPL match

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‘Gaylestorm’ hits Dhaka: Chris Gayle smashes record 18 sixes in BPL match

Chris Gayle hit a record 18 sixes as he smashed an unbeaten 146 off 69 balls for Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League final. Explosive Carribean Chris Gayle smashed 18 sixes in the title clash of Bangladesh Premier League on Tuesday. In the process, he broke close to half a dozen batting records.

Known for his unconventionally aggressive batting style, Gayle – a member of Rangpur Riders in BPL – hit 146 off 69 balls with a record number of 18 sixes. The previous record for the maximum number of sixes in a T20 match was also held by Gayle, when he had smashed 17 sixes for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors during Indian Premier League 2013.

On Tuesday night, Gayle lit up the Dhaka night sky with an innings that helped his team set a target of 207. En route, Gayle – who had a lightening strike rate of 211.59 in the innings – became the first to register 20 T20 centuries. He also crossed 11,000-run milestone in T20 cricket.

Records and Chris Gayle are synonymous to each other when it comes to Twenty20 cricket and the explosive West Indies batsman on Tuesday went on to better his plethora of records he made in the shortest format of the game. Gayle, who smashed an unbeaten 146 off just 69 balls for Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League final against Dhaka Dynamites in Dhaka, became the first batsman to cross the 11-000 run mark in T20 cricket. Next in the list is Brendon McCullum with 8526 runs in 309 matches.

During the course of his belligerent knock, Gayle also became the first batsman to hit 20 hundreds in T20s, which was studded with 18 towering sixes and five fours. He has also scored two hundreds in T20I for West Indies.
The number of sixes hit by Gayle is also a world record in an innings in the format. His sixes count in T20 cricket reached whopping figure of 819. In the process, Gayle became the first batsman to hit 100 sixes in BPL. He smacked 17 sixes in an unbeaten 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in the IPL 2013.

Gayle, who got a life when he was dropped by Shakib Al Hasan on 22, shared an unbeaten 201-run stand with McCullum – a highest partnership in T20 final – to power Rangpur Riders to 206/1. Bowlers complemented their batsmen effort with a good show, reducing Dhaka Dynamites to 149/9 as Rangpur Riders won the title by 57 runs.

Gayle’s record collection

  • Most sixes in a T20 innings – 18
  • Most T20 hundreds – 20
  • Fastest T20 century – 30 balls
  • He is responsible for three of the top 10 highest T20 scores of all time
  • He is the only player to score a T20 international century, an ODI double century and a Test triple century.

 

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