Adelaide: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle smashed fifty from 12 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League contest with Adelaide Strikers on Monday to match India’s Yuvraj Singh’s record for the fastest half-century in Twenty20 cricket.
Gayle scored 27 runs from the first over, bowled by 21-year-old Greg West in only his second T20 match, and hit the last four deliveries for six. Gayle reached 50 from the bowling off Travis Head, although it was spinner who eventually dismissed the 36-year-old for a 17-ball 56, with the opener caught by wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman from a top edge.
Yuvraj achieved his feat against England in a group match at the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 in South Africa, hitting six sixes in one over from Stuart Broad.
Gayle’s thrilling display comes a couple of weeks after he was caught up in a sexism row having asked female reporter Mel McLaughlin out for dinner while she interviewed him following the Renegades’ victory over the Hobart Hurricanes.