Devastating Gayle smashes 12-ball 50

Chris Gayle (Getty Images)
Chris Gayle (Getty Images)

Johannesburg - West Indian Chris Gayle has smashed the joint-fastest half-century in T20 history, taking just 12 balls to reach the milestone for the Melbourne Renegades against the Adelaide Strikers on Monday. 

The Renegades, requiring 171 runs for victory, needed to reach their target in 15.5 overs in order to qualify for the tournament playoffs. 

Gayle came out guns blazing, and when he hit his seventh maximum of his 12-ball innings to go to 51, he equalled the record for the fastest ever 50 in T20 cricket, first set by Yuvraj Singh for India against England in Durban in 2007 at the ICC World Twenty20. 

Gayle, rumoured to be playing in his final Big Bash tournament, was eventually dismissed for 56 off 17 balls (2x4, 7x6) at a strike rate of 329.41.

However, Gayle's efforts weren't enough to propel his team to victory, with the Adelaide Strikers winning by 27 runs.

His innings developed as follows, from first ball to last: 

Wide, 2, 0, 6, 6, 6, 6, 2, 6 (nb), 6, 4, 1, 6 (goes to 50), 1, 0, 4, wide, 0, OUT!

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Pakistan 139/2 (49 ov)
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Pakistan 139/2 (49 ov)
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