Gayle trends after making cricket history

2013-04-23 17:00

West Indies’ Chris Gayle trended on Twitter in South Africa after smashing the fastest ever century in cricket history, helping the Royal Challengers Bangalore to the highest total in T20 cricket history.

Gayle is the owner of the first international T20 hundred, a 57-ball 117 against South Africa at the Wanderers in 2007.

That century was the fastest in international T20 cricket until Richard Levi’s 45-ball hundred made against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2012.

His total was also the joint highest before it was eclipsed by Brendon McCullum’s 123 off 58 balls against Bangladesh in Pallekele in 2012.

Gayle’s 175 not out off 66 balls helped the Royal Challengers post a mammoth 263/5 off their allotted 20 overs against the Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League today.

The total is the highest in any form of T20 cricket, besting Sri Lanka’s 260/6 made against Kenya in 2007.

Pune Warriors India could only reply with 133/9 in their allotted 20 overs, giving the hosts a 130-run win.

Gayle reached his century off 30 balls, which is the equivalent of making the runs in five full overs.

That means on average 20 runs an over.

His final 66-ball innings is broken down to 11 overs of mayhem, which is an average of 15.09 runs an over.

This is more than most teams can manage in their 20 overs.

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