Chris Gayle’s bat with which he reached the 10,000-run mark, would be put up for auction at the Chris Gayle Foundation launch on June 6. (IPL FULL COVERAGE)
Chris Gayle struck his maiden half-century in the IPL 2017 on Tuesday with a trademark 38-ball 77 as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions by 21 runs to pick up their second win of the tournament. (ALL THE RESULTS)
Chris Gayle, who was just three runs short of aggregating 10,000 runs in the shortest format of the game, started cautiously; scoring them off the first five balls he faced, before launching Basil Thampi into the stands to start the carnage.
Chris Gayle was ably supported by his Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli from the other end. Kohli donned the anchoring role while letting Chris Gayle go after the bowlers.
The duo helped Royal Challengers Bangalore reach the 50-run mark in 41 deliveries as they geared up to unleash the explosive power-hitting at their disposal.
It took them just 22 balls more to bring up the century stand, as Gayle and Kohli plundered Gujarat Lions at will.
Chris Gayle took 20 off a Ravindra Jadeja over that included two boundaries and two sixes, one of which was caught in the deep by Brendon McCullum but his hat had touched the ropes.
Gayle brought up his half-century in style as well, sending Shivil Kaushik over long-on for a six before celebrating it with a ‘salt-bae’ show. When he finally fell at 77, getting trapped in front by Basil Thampi, Royal Challengers Bangalore were cruising at around 10 runs per over.
Chris Gayle..the only cricketer with 10K runs in all 3 formats— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 19, 2017
FC - 13226 runs @ 44.83
ListA - 11694 runs @ 38.21
T20 - 10074 runs @ 40.62
Virat Kohli continued the carnage with Kedar Jadhav and Travis Head helping their side reach 213 at the end of the allotted overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal then spun a web around the Gujarat Lions’ batsmen and although McCullum scored a 44-ball 72, he lacked a partner who could steer them to victory.
CONGRATS 🎉 Chris Gayle first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in T20 cricket; including 743 sixes! pic.twitter.com/7TyEb9wbJ3— westindies (@westindies) April 18, 2017
It was Gayle’s knock that kept enthralled everyone and took Twitter by storm.
While RCB teammates congratulated him with pictures of fake currency notes, others lauded him for making batting look like child’s play.