In the match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Pune Warriors that took place in Bengaluru, in the Chinnaswamy Stadium, there was one player that simply stood out from the rest. Chris Gayle made Twenty20 cricket batting history when he made an amazing 175 off just 66 balls.
Gayle managed to get a very fast century, which he made off 30 balls. He also managed to reach the highest individual score that has been reached in a single T20 game. The previous record, which also happened to take place in the same cricket stadium, was held by Brendon McCullum, from the Kolkata Knight Riders, who hit 158 off 73 balls.
Gayle has an incredible ability for power hits and did not disappoint. With 17 sixes, and 13 fours, it is no surprise that the Jamaican managed to reach a total of 175. His batting power was demonstrated when he hit a six off Ashoke Dinda. The ball flew over the stadium and while it was going, it damaged part of the roof. Gayle’s style is simply to hit as many fours and sixes as he can, and once he does so, there is little that the opposing team can do about it, with the ball flying into the stands.
With Gayle’s incredible contribution to the total number of runs, the Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to reach the largest total that has ever been reached in a T20 cricket game. The Royal Challengers Bangalore ended on a whopping 263 for five.
The Pune Warriors were up to bat second, and they had to chase a T20 world record target. Pune would have needed 264 runs to win but could not get more than 133 runs for nine.
To say that the Pune Warriors’ bowlers were intimidated would be the understatement of Chris Gayle’s century!