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Gayle smashes fastest T20 century

Explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle smashed a century off 30 balls in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday and finished on 175 not out, the highest ever Twenty20 innings.

Playing for the Bangalore franchise, Gayle blasted 17 sixes and 13 fours off just 66 deliveries to take his team to a mammoth total of 263 for five wickets.

Pune captain Aaron Finch watched helplessly as the 33-year-old Jamaican swatted the bowlers to all parts of the ground and some of the sixes flew out of the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Gayle's 30-ball century eclipsed the 34-ball hundred scored by Australian Andrew Symonds for Kent against Middlesex in 2004.

The left-hander also posted the highest individual score in a Twenty20 game, going past New Zealander Brendon McCullum's 158.

Flamboyant Pakistani Shahid Afridi holds the record of fastest international century in the 50-over format (37 balls) and South African Richard Richard Levi (45 balls) has made the quickest international T20 hundred.

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Comments (16) Closed

Apr 23, 2013 05:41pm
No followers of IPL in Pakistan.
Apr 23, 2013 05:44pm
Agree. Its the best form of cricket right now
Apr 23, 2013 05:44pm
Bro he is not ignorant he is being Zealous.....not a new thing to Pakistani People..hahhahaha
Ali G
Apr 23, 2013 07:21pm
And we all thought that T20 was tailor made for Afridi. What happened to that hype?
Apr 23, 2013 04:56pm
Not a big fan of IPL but surely a fan of Gayle! What a magnificiant player. Harm being Calm. Superb inning!
Apr 23, 2013 11:31pm
what is the need of including this info in this article, "Flamboyant Pakistani Shahid Afridi holds the record of fastest international century in the 50-over format (37 balls)"..
Apr 23, 2013 02:47pm
You are ignorant :)
Apr 23, 2013 01:59pm
If anyone missed the live action,be sure to watch the replay.It was truly an innings out of this world.Gayle was in a zone of his own,batted like a man possessed.You won't get to see an innings like this in the near future.This IPL season has been superb and it keeps getting better!!!
Apr 23, 2013 02:01pm
Ipl sucks but Gayle is the best.
Apr 23, 2013 02:02pm
Wow wt a knock!!
Apr 23, 2013 01:38pm
gr8 long live IPL
Apr 23, 2013 02:22pm
One day.....................every record has to break !. Great Kock !
Apr 23, 2013 12:51pm
Gayle you beast.......
The Hindu
Apr 23, 2013 02:32pm
IPL is better than T20 International.
Irrfaan Akhtaar
Apr 24, 2013 08:19am
Gayle is the showpiece in the indian premier league
Apr 24, 2013 12:29pm
It was his day to be the Star he is a good hard hitter but not a good batmens