Gayle destroys records as RCB triumph

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore romped to a massive 130-run win over the Pune Warriors at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday, thanks to a record-breaking century and more from opening batsman Chris Gayle.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore romped to a massive 130-run win over the Pune Warriors at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday, thanks to a record-breaking century and more from opening batsman Chris Gayle.

The Jamaican scored the fastest century ever, off just 30 balls, then recorded the highest T20 score by making 175 not out, and also hit the most sixes in a T20 innings.

His efforts guided the RCB to a score of 263 for five, their best ever score in the IPL, and also the first time 250 had been reached in the IPL.

Pune really had no chance of reaching the target, and lost wickets at a regular pace to end the innings on 133 for nine, and the Challengers moved to the top of the table and Gayle to the top of the run-scoring list.

The entire RCB innings was dominated by Gayle, who went at a rollicking pace from the get-go and broke the previous record of 34 balls, by Australian Andrew Symonds, with relative ease.

His century looked like this: . . 1 4 4 . 4 4 . 4 1 6 6 4 . 6 6 4 6 1 6 . 6 6 4 6 6 . 1 6 | 102 (30). The third 50 of his innings came off just 23 balls but seemed comparatively pedestrian, including a leave or two.

His 17 sixes broke Essex batsman Graham Napier's record of 16, set in 2008. He also broke New Zealander Brendon McCullum's T20 score record of 158 not out, which was set in the first ever IPL match, six years ago.

During all this, Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers provided the most support, with Dilshan batting at the other end in the beginning and when Gayle reached his 50, the Sri Lankan was only on 10. He was eventually out for 33, though the RCB score was a massive 167.

De Villiers could be blamed for Gayle not reaching his double century, as he used up eight deliveries near the end to make his 31 runs, striking three sixes and three fours before falling to Mitchell Marsh. The poor bowler went for 56 runs in three overs.

Pune's knock got off to a dire start, losing Robin Uthappa for a duck off the second ball. Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh managed to get into the teens before falling, and Steve Smith recorded 41 as he battle a losing war.

Gayle wrapped up his superb match with a spell of bowling, and took two wickets in the final over, removing Ali Murtaza and Ishwar Pandey to record the second-biggest win in IPL history.

<b>Royal Challengers Bangalore:</b> Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, Arun Karthik, Ravi Rampaul, Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, RP Singh, Jaidev Unadkat.

<b>Pune Warriors:</b> Robin Uthappa, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Steven Smith, Luke Wright, Mitchell Marsh, Mithun Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ali Murtaza, Ashok Dinda, Ishwar Pandey.

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