Just like many other records in T20 cricket, this was another one which had Universe Boss, Chris Gayle’s, name written in front of it. This happened during the Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers match at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, in the KFC Big Bash League 2015-16.
Gayle equalled India’s Yuvraj Singh’s record of the fastest half-century in a T20, when he slammed one in 12 balls. Yuvraj Singh had hit a half-century off 12 balls way back during the maiden ICC World T20 in 2007, when he also scored six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad.
Renegequaledptain, Cameron White, won the toss and elected to field. Strikers scored 170-5 in their quota of 20 overs. Tim Ludeman top-scored with 49 (41). His innings was comprised of seven boundaries. Xavier Doherty, with figures of 4-0-30-2, was the highest wicket-taker for the Renegades.
Gayle, then, without wasting much of time, launched the big ones. He hit Greg West for 26 runs in his first over itself, including four sixes. Ben Laughlin was called upon by the Strikers’ captain, Brad Hodge, to replace West in the third over. Gayle smashed another 17 runs in his over. He, then, hit the first delivery of the Travis Head over for a six to complete his half-century in 12 balls.
Watch the full video of Gayle’s innings: