Renegades v Strikers, BBL 2015-16, Melbourne January 18, 2016

Chris Gayle blasts 12-ball fifty

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle needed only 12 balls to get his half-century against Adelaide Strikers, equalling the record for fastest T20 fifty set by Yuvraj Singh in 2007. Here's how our ball-by-ball commentators described the carnage

The 50 from 12 men: How the fastest T20 fifties were scored © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

0.1 West to Gayle, 2 runs, full and straight on middle, tucked to deep midwicket for a couple. Gayle 2 (1)

0.2 West to Gayle, no run, full on middle, no swing. Defended. Gayle 2 (2)

0.3 West to Gayle, SIX, huge six from Gayle. Slightly short on off, Gayle lays into the pull and sends it whistling deep into the stands over midwicket. What a massive hit that is Gayle 8 (3)

0.4 West to Gayle, SIX, second tier now. Even bigger than the previous one. Shortish delivery on middle, Gayle pummels the pull again. Thwack into the stands. Gayle 14 (4)

0.5 West to Gayle, SIX, three in three. Poor ball though and all Gayle needed to do was pick it off his hips into the stands over backward square leg. Yikes, what a start this has been Gayle 20 (5)

0.6 West to Gayle, SIX, oh my. That is power. That is timing. Low full toss on middle and Gayle just muscles a lofted drive over long-on. Clears the boundary with enviable ease. Gayle 26 (6)

1.6 Neser to Gayle, 2 runs, too short, he rocks back and muscles that one towards the long boundary at deep midwicket, didn't entirely get hold of it, fortunately for Gayle, lands in the big gap between deep square and deep midwicket Gayle 28 (7)

2.2 Laughlin to Gayle, (no ball) SIX, full toss outside off, enough room for him to swing freely and deposit that over wide long-off. Height in question, umpire signals free-hit. What carnage here and we're not even three overs into the chase. Put your helmets on in the crowd, please Gayle 34 (8)

2.2 Laughlin to Gayle, SIX, that has been hit into Canberra, I think! Too short again, clears his front leg and pulls that imperiously over deep midwicket. Some 40 rows back. Nearly into the second tier. You can't drag it short. Doesn't matter how many men are patrolling the boundary, he's hitting them way over. Gayle 40 (9)

2.3 Laughlin to Gayle, FOUR, low full toss outside off, this one's been hit flat and hard wide of mid-off. What does the bowler do now? Gayle 44 (10)

2.4 Laughlin to Gayle, 1 run, excellent yorker this time, jams his bat down in time to squeeze it towards midwicket Gayle 45 (11)

3.1 Head to Gayle, SIX, And he equals Yuvraj's record for the fastest T20 fifty in some style. Tossed up, his eyes lit up as he saw the flight, swung through the line and cleared the ropes at long-on. Gayle 51 (12)

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  •   Dharam S Khaira on January 21, 2016, 19:35 GMT

    You seriously cannot compare this with Yuvraj's innings ....for starters that was the World cup T20 match ...against a very good bowler ....half of delivery's bowled to Gayle were full toss a very good hitting zone ....

  • jayanth on January 20, 2016, 5:00 GMT

    when match started, I went to bath for a while and after bath I was flabbergasted to see Gayle's 12 ball 50.Really !! What the hell happened??

  • Pranshu on January 20, 2016, 1:43 GMT

    @PHAT-BOY - Half Volleys? You still gotta put it away. How many sixes have you hit in an over in your backyard forget international cricket?

  •   Aswant Singh on January 19, 2016, 21:38 GMT

    its pretty stupid to compare international cricket record to a domestic cricket record.

  • carl on January 19, 2016, 12:01 GMT

    looks like west will get the man of the match award in his next game

  • DeepanSamraj on January 19, 2016, 7:35 GMT

    I think Chris Gayle has contributed more to IPL and BBL than to West Indies cricket! Gearing up for IPL'16, Bangalore awaits your arrival CG!!

  • Mohammad on January 19, 2016, 6:29 GMT

    To be compared with a domestic record is a disgrace for an international record.

  • Peter on January 19, 2016, 6:28 GMT

    the fastest ! who cares - this is not cricket

  • Graham on January 19, 2016, 5:14 GMT

    RAJENDRADSOUZA89: Yes no need to compare it to Yuhraj Singh as Mascarenhas tried to play one season of BBL and couldn't get a game.

  • Sam` on January 19, 2016, 5:00 GMT

    Yuvraj his his 6 sixes off four half-volleys, a waist high full-toss outside off stump, and one decent ball from a Stuart Broad who was yet to do a thing in international cricket. And two of his sixes went about 70 metres. It wasn't as though he was flogging 150km/h Dale Steyn inswingers over his head for six. As for people bagging Gayle because his teams haven't done all that well. If you are averaging 46 in your IPL career, it is no fault of your own when other teams beat you.

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