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Milestones of the Match
- RCB’s mammoth 263 was the highest ever score in the history of T20 cricket. Sri Lanka held the international T20 record previously with their 260/6 against Kenya at Johannesburg in 2007, whereas the Chennai Super Kings had the previous highest score in an IPL match with their 246/5 against the Rajasthan Royals in 2010.
- Chris Gayle’s epic 175* helped him become the highest individual scorer in an IPL match, as he surpassed Brendon Mccullum’s 158*, ironically against RCB in 2008.
- Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan’s opening partnership of 167 was the highest in IPL history. Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith held the previous record of 163 against the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2012.
- The 130 run win over Pune was the IPL’s second highest victory margin in terms of runs.
- Gayle reached his 100 in just 30 balls, a T20 record. Andrew Symonds held the international record earlier with a 34 ball ton for Kent against Middlesex in 2004 whereas Yusuf Pathan held the IPL record with a 37 ball hundred for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians in 2010.
- Gayle scored the fastest 150 in T20 cricket off just 53 balls.
- Gayle’s 17 sixes are the highest in any T20 match. He went past Graham Napier and Brendon Mccullum’s record of 16 and 13 sixes respectively.
- RCB reached the fastest 200 in IPL history, in just 15.5 overs.
AboutChris Gayle's first three years in the IPL playing for Kolkata Knight Riders yielded surprisingly little. Ever since he joined RCB some way through the 2011 season he has more than made up for it, smashing IPL and T20 records.
The West Indian topped the run charts in 2011, topped the sixes list, hitting almost more than the next three guys in the list put together, became the first man to hit two tons in one edition of the IPL and hit a third one in 2012, the season in which he became the first man to hit over 700 runs in an edition of the IPL.
Gayle is not just a T20 operator, although he is the man who hit the first international ton in T20Is, in the first match of the first ever ICC World Twenty20. He has two triple centuries to his name, only the third man besides Don Bradman and Virender Sehwag to have achieved the feat. In his 19 month hiatus from West Indies cricket, Gayle played T20 in India, Zimbabwe, Australia, Bangladesh and would've added South Africa to the list if not for an injury. But on his return to Test cricket after the break, Gayle smashed 150 and 64 against New Zealand to settle questions on his temperament.
The coolest guy in International cricket, he will be the biggest attraction at the 2012 World Twenty20. When he bats, the fielders on the ground are reduced to being spectators and the spectators in the stands become fielders.
RCB HighlightsRCB vs KKR, Kolkata, 2011: Chris Gayle went unsigned at the IPL auction in 2011 but got his chance when RCB signed him as a replacement for Dirk Nannes. Gayle scored a century against his former team fresh off the plane from the Caribbean and turned around the fortunes of RCB in the season.
RCB vs PWI, Bangalore, 2012: Bangalore were in a tight spot with Gayle's top order batting partners gone and a steep chase quickly spiralling out of control. Chris Gayle disagreed, hitting 5 sixes consecutive sixes in 5 balls off Pune's best spinner, Rahul Sharma and bringing RCB triumphantly back in the game.