Records galore as Chris Gayle smashes 175 from 66

Chris Gayle achieved the quickest century in cricket history for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which gave them an emphatic 130 run win over the Pune Warriors India.

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The records broken in the match alone consisted of,  the highest individual score in T20 cricket,  the fastest individual hundred in T20 cricket, the fastest individual 50 in IPL, the highest total in T20 cricket, The most sixes hit by a batsman in a single innings of T20 cricket, the fastest team hundred in the IPL, Bangalore’s best opening partnership, the longest six in IPL 2013, and Gayle become the first person to hit 150 sixes in the IPL.

It took Gayle just 30 Pune deliveries before raising his bat to the dugout for a record breaking century. He then went on to record the highest ever score in T20 cricket finishing on an unbeaten 175 from 66 deliveries.

Gayle’s innings which consisted of 13 fours and 17 sixes brought Bangalore to the highest ever team total in T20 cricket, the team ended on 263/5 with AB de Villiers also chipping in with and 8 ball cameo where he scored 31 runs.

Gayle’s record breaking hundred, smashed the previous fastest, by taking 4 deliveries less to achieve the three figure mark.

Brendan McCullum had the previous best individual score of 158 from 73 deliveries, something he achieved in the first ever IPL match in history.

In reply to Bangalore’s record breaking innings, Pune never really had a chance, and while they got off to a fast start, the required run-rate kept climbing, the pressure told, and the team finished their innings on 133/9 with Gayle fittingly bowling the last over and taking 2 wickets for just 5 runs.

Matthew Nepgen

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