An outstanding performance from the West Indian inspired an unbelievable IPL total.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and their opener Chris Gayle were not happy with just one record in their innings against Pune Warriors India today, as they broke no fewer than six.
In one of the most destructive Twenty20 performances ever seen on a cricket pitch, Gayle inspired a mammoth score of 263-5 as the West Indian racked up a colossal 175 not-out.
The 33-year-old hit 17 sixes and 14 fours as he reached his total off just 66 balls and punished the Pune bowlers time and time again.
In total Gayle broke five records and RCB broke one, here’s a reflection on a great IPL showing.
Fastest century in Twenty20 cricket – Chris Gayle, 30 balls. Beats the record set by Yusuf Pathan for the Rajasthan Royals by seven deliveries.
Most sixes in a Twenty20 match – Chris Gayle, 17. Four more sixes than South African Richard Levi hit against New Zealand in 2012 – the previous holder of the record.
Most Twenty20 sixes in a career – Chris Gayle, 76. By scoring 17 sixes against Pune Gayle moves up the table and is now eight ahead of second-placed Brendon McCullum.
Highest individual Twenty20 score – Chris Gayle, 175 not-out. Snatching another record off McCullum who’s unbeaten 158 in the first ever IPL match was the record for five years.
Biggest opening partnership in IPL – Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan, 167 runs. Beats the previous record for a first wicket partnership by four runs – set by Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Bravo of Mumbai Indians in 2012.
Biggest Twenty20 total – Royal Challengers Bangalore, 263-5. Moves three runs ahead of the previous highest score in the twenty-over format, which was set by Sri Lanka in 2007 with 260-6.