It was one of the most dominating displays of batting in the history of cricket. The ‘Gayle’storm had struck Bengaluru when the mighty Chris Gayle was batting against the Pune Warriors India, and it was an innings worth remembering.
Chris Gayle was going through a great form this season. The match started off with rain interrupting the match after just having completed one over. Some people began to leave the ground after the rain interrupted the play. Little they did know, that after that rain, a ‘Gaylestorm’ would strike Bengaluru.
Gayle had started off with a bang, bang and bang after the rain stopped. RCB reached the 50-run mark in the first 5 overs itself with Gayle on 44 while his partner was Dilshan on 10. And Gayle raced to the fifty run mark with a massive six against a hapless Mitchell Marsh. Gayle brought up his 50 in a mere 17 balls, which was the joint-fastest IPL fifty at that time.
Chris Gayle hits a six (Source: Rediff Cricket)
Then bowled youngsters Ishwar Pandey and Ali Murtaza who too were helpless against Gayle’s aggression.
The captain of PWI, Aaron Finch had no clue which bowler to bowl to Chris Gayle. After seeing his bowlers being hammered, Finch ended up rolling his arm with part-time off-spin. Well, it proved out to be a big failure. How come he can’t hit a part-timer when he is hammering their best bowlers?
It cost PWI a massive 29 runs with 4 sixes and a four off Finch’s only over. RCB had reached 109 runs in the first 8 overs itself. Gayle moved on and was inching to the fastest ever century in T20 cricket history.
In the next over, Ashok Dinda was taken to the cleaners by Gayle. The ball hit stadium’s roof top (112 meters) and came back to salute Gayle’s massacre knock. He had amassed a century in just 30 balls.
Chris Gayle celebrates his century (Source: Sportsrush)
While at the other end, the Dilshan was just inching 20. Gayle completely overshadowed the Dilshan in this match. And Gayle didn’t even stop after a century, he kept attacking the PWI bowlers and RCB went on to reach the 150 run mark in the 13th over.
When his partner Dilshan got out with the score at 167 in 13.4 overs, it looked like the damage was already done. But Gayle wanted to apply finishing touches to his masterpiece. He then smacked sixes against a domestic Indian bowler, Ali Murtaza.
Gayle had already smashed 16 sixes when he reached the 150-run mark in just 53 balls with a huge six off Murtaza. The crowd and his teammates saluted him for this epic milestone. They now were witnessing another rain but this time a rain of sixes.
Chris Gayle celebrates his 150 (Source: Gayle Fans | Facebook)
Gayle then beat Brendon McCullum’s record of 158* at the same venue. He then helped RCB reach over the 250 run mark, remarkably it was only the time a team had reached above 250.
At last, the damage and the wounds ended when RCB reached 263 in their 20 overs with Gayle on 175*. He had amassed 13 fours and an incredible 17 sixes. Regardless of which team you support, you had to bow down to the Universe Boss’s valiant efforts that day.
Chris Gayle (Source: Cricshots)
The total ended up being too big for PWI as they scored a mediocre 133/9 in their allotted 20 overs. Gayle too rolled his arm with the ball and picked up 2 wickets in his lone over. A historic day for any person, isn’t it?
It was quite obvious that Gayle was going to get the Man of the Match award and the whole of Chinnaswamy erupted seeing the Calypso King. He had given them a pleasant treat of raining sixes in that match.
To sum up what he did in that day:
- The highest individual score in the history of T20 Cricket of 175*
- The fastest ever century in the history of T20 cricket (100 off 30 balls)
- The joint third-fastest fifty in the IPL history (50 off 17 balls)
- The most sixes in a single IPL inning with 17 sixes (2nd overall behind his own record in a BPL match with 18 sixes)
- The fastest 150 in the history of T20 cricket
- Took two wickets in his lone over
These lines from the PWI coach Allan Donald summed up how dominant the innings was:
I have never seen hitting like that in all my life. To see our guys getting pummeled like that was unbelievable. When I walked out for the first strategy break, I just saw people scared, really scared. I just mentioned to the players that if we don’t pull this back here, he is going to take us down big time, which he did.
Scaring the bowlers is one thing that Chris Gayle loves to do. At the end of the day, this knock will remain in the record books as one of the most extraordinary batting displays of all time.
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