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BBL 15/16: Chris Gayle's record for joint-fastest T20 fifty goes in vain for the Renegades

Gayle scored his fifty off just 12 balls, equalising Yuvraj Singh's record against England

Chris Gayle BBL 2016 Renegades
Gayle hits one out of the ground on his way to the fastest T20 fifty

Chris Gayle created the record for the fastest fifty in T20 as he scored his 50 off just 12 balls, thus equalising the record of Indian all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh. Gayle achieved the feat in the for the Melbourne Renegades against top-ranked Adelaide Strikers in the last league match of the 2015/16 Big Bash League.

Gayle hit seven sixes and two fours in his innings of 56 off 17 balls. Four of those sixes came in the first over of the match as Greg West was smashed all over the ground for 27 runs in his first over. In the third over, Ben Laughlin suffered at the hands of the Jamaican as the bowler conceded 23 runs.

The 36-year-old was 44 off 10 balls and looked set to break the record, but Laughlin bowled a brilliant yorker to restrict the big West Indian from creating history. However, the very next ball that Gayle faced off Travis Head was sent into the stands as the Renegades opener joined the top of the list with Yuvraj.

The Renegades, who had to win the match within 16 overs, were propelled to a great start by Gayle, however the Strikers showed why they have been the best-performing team in the BBL as they fought back and dismissed the home side for 143 runs in 15.3 overs, 27 runs short of the target.

Gayle top-scored with 56 off 17 balls, but only three other batsmen reached double figures for the Renegades. Head, who had a disappointing day with the bat, picked up three wickets to knock the Renegades out of the tournament.

Earlier, the Strikers put up a good total of 170/5 in 20 overs after an 85-run opening partnership between Tim Ludeman and Jono Dean. Xavier Doherty was the pick of the bowlers for the Strikers as he picked up 2/30.

Brief Scores: Adelaide Strikers 170/5, 20 overs (Ludeman 49, Dean 48; Doherty 2/30) beat Melbourne Renegades (toss) 143/10, 15.3 overs (Gayle 56, Rimmington 26; Head 3/16, Neser 2/15) by 27 runs.

Top 5 fifties in T20s (excluding T20 internationals):

BatsmanTeam (Opponent)Balls taken
Chris GayleMelbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers12
Marcus TrescothickSomerset v Hampshire13
Imran NazirSialkot v Lahore Eagles14
Gerard BrophyYorkshire v Derbyshire14
Kieran Noema-BarnettCentral Districts v Otago14

Top 5 fifties in T20Is:

BatsmanTeam (Opponent)Balls taken
Yuvraj SinghIndia v England12
Colin MunroNew Zealand v Sri Lanka14
Paul StirlingIreland v Afghanistan17
Stephan MyburghNetherlands v Ireland17
Chris GayleWest Indies v South Africa17
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