Chris Gayle scores fastest century in cricket history
Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed a hapless Pune Warriors by a record 130 runs in the Pepsi Indian Premier League after the most breathtaking knock in the history of Twenty20 cricket by Chris Gayle, blasting an incredible 175 off a mere 66 balls.
Chasing a T20 world record target of 264, Pune could not manage more than 133 for nine in the alloted 20 overs, paving the way for Bangalore to post the biggest IPL victory in terms of runs.
Put into bat, it was the ‘Gayle Force’ that blew away the Pune Warriors as the big-bodied Jamaican once again showed his power-hitting ability, striking a staggering 13 fours and 17 sixes en-route to the fastest and highest-ever T20 score.
154 out of his total runs came in boundaries and off only 30 scoring strokes.
Mitchell Marsh and Aaron Finch got even worse treatments as they went for 28 and 29 runs in their respective overs as both were clobbered for four sixes each.
There was minimum fuss as usual in Gayle’s batting as he barely had any footwork. It was just stand and deliver as the ball kept on sailing into the stands and there was little that skipper Finch could have done.
Chasing a daunting target, Pune were reeling at 42 four four by the sixth over.
With their main batsmen — Robin Uthappa, Aaron Finch, Luke Wright and Yuvraj Singh — warming the bench, it was always going to be difficult for the others to make a match out of it