West Indies opener Chris Gayle has smashes fastest century in history

West Indies opener Chris Gayle has smashes fastest century in history

BANGALORE, India  (CMC) -West Indies opener Chris Gayle has  set a new record for the fastest century in the history of professional cricket  playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Pune Warriors in the  Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.

  Gayle smashed an astonishing ton off just 30 balls,  battering the Pune Warriors bowling attack in an innings that included seven dot  balls, four singles, eight fours and 11 sixes at the Chinnaswamy Stadium,  Bangalore.

His ruthless attack on the Pune bowling was in a category  completely different from what has been a hit-and-miss IPL in 2013 with low  scores except for an 85 of 50 balls and a 92 off 58 balls.

Gayle, 31, got to his century with a free-hit from medium-pacer  Ashok Dinda which went crashing into the roof of the M Chinnaswamy stadium.

“It was just one of those days. I went berserk and it just paid  off,” said Gayle, who now has a staggering 11 centuries in T20 cricket.

“I had a plain omelette and two pancakes for breakfast. I’m a bit  hungry now though”.

The West Indian’s 30-ball ton erases the previous 34-ball T20  record set by Australia’s Andrew Symonds.

The record in 50-over cricket is Shahid Afridi’s 37-ball ton for  Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 1996 while the Test record belongs to Gayle’s  fellow West Indian Sir Viv Richards, who flayed England for a 56-ball 100 in  Antigua in 1986.

The Jamaican batsman finished with a world record score of 175 not  out that included 13 fours, 17 sixes from 66 balls.

RCB finished on 263 for five from 20 overs to break Sri Lanka’s  record of 260-6 against Kenya in the 2007 World Twenty20.

Pune Warriors, who chose to field, were chasing 264 for  victory.

Source Jamaica Observer

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