On This Day
Chris Gayle Wreaked Havoc Against PWI, On This day in Bengaluru
By CricShotsStaff - Apr 23, 2021 7:12 am
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On April 23, Royal Challengers Bangalore amassed an unimaginable 236/5, riding on Chris Gayle’s knock of a blistering unbeaten 175 runs in that game. Chris Gayle tore apart Pune Warriors India attack and broke numerous records during the process. Chris Gayle brought up the highest individual score in the history of T20 cricket. His record remains intact even after seven long years as it still remains the highest total in the history of the IPL.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle

God bless the commentators who had to define Gayle’s innings doing a ball by ball commentary to the run-fest. Sixes rained at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium as Gayle’s created records From the fastest T20 century to the highest individual score in T20, Gayle’s 17 sixes were also a record within itself.

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Gayle started the game in usual fashion scoring nine off three balls. After the 33-minute rain delay, the play resumed. Gayle’s three quick boundaries got him into the beast mode. In the next two overs, Gayle couldn’t do much as he faced just one ball. From there on the assault began as Mitchell  Marsh was hit for 28 runs in his first over.

Ali Murtaza was smacked for 45 off two and every PWI move proved unsuccessful as Chris Gayle couldn’t stop hitting the ball out of the park. With all bowlers failing,  skipper Aaron Finch decided to roll up up him. It came to no avail as the skipper also conceded for 29 runs.

Chris Gayle broke Andrew Symonds’ record of the fastest ever hundred by hitting a six that sailed over the stadium. He celebrated it with style by going down on his knees and soaking in all the praise from the spectators.

After Kohli’s dismissal, AB de Villiers joined Gayle to add more fuel to the fire in which the PWI were burning. Gayle and Mr 360 stitched a quickfire 31 runs partnership in just 2 overs. Surprisingly de Villiers was the dominant one during the knock amongst those two.

With a strong grip on the game, The RCB rode on Gayle’s swashbuckling knock to deliver a positive result for themselves in the match. Restricting the PWI to 133 runs, RCB scalped nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.  The only highlight from any Pune Warriors India end would be Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. While Gayle carnage was going on, Bhuvi conceded only 23 runs in his 4 overs.

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Gayle celebrated his monumental innings in true West Indian style. Celebrating like there’s no tomorrow, the big Jamaican also cut a cake to ceremonial the occasion.