Chris Gayle went on a record rampage in the Bangladesh Premier League final, smashing a world record 18 sixes in an unbeaten innings of 146 off 69 balls.
After being dropped on Shakib Al Hasan on 22, he and Brendon McCullum shared a record stand of 201 for the second wicket as the Rangpur Riders beat Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs.
Gayle’s 18 sixes broke his own record of 17, which was set in an unbeaten 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in the IPL 2013. It also took him to 20 T20 centuries, extending his dominating lead on the all-time list to 13 tons ahead of second-placed McCullum, Michael Klinger and Luke Wright.
Within those 20 hundreds, Gayle has smashed 227 sixes, an average of more than 11 per innings. His overall strike rate in these hundreds is 208.19
His 146 also brought up his 11 000th T20 run, ahead of McCullum on 8 526.
West Indian Johnson Charles went early after the Dynamites won the toss and sent the Riders in to bat. That brought McCullum in, and the two powered the Riders to 206-1, to which McCullum contributed 51 off 43 balls.
After that onslaught, the Dynamites could muster just 149-9, of which Jahurul Islam, batting at 6, scored 50.