T20 Master Blaster Chris Gayle smashed a world record 18 sixes, to surpass 11,000 runs in Twenty20s, as he struck his second century in three innings to fire the Rangpur Riders to a convincing 57-run win over Dhaka Dynamites to capture the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) title recently.
Coming off an unbeaten century against Khulna Titans, a few days before, the left-handed Jamaican batsman sustained that momentum with an amazing 146 not out as Riders, sent in at the Shere Bangla National Stadium to bat, scored 206 for one off their 20 overs.
Gayle hammered five fours and 18 sixes — the most by any batsman in a T20 innings — on the way to a 20th T20 career century and a record fifth in the BPL.
He was given a chance on 22 by Shakib al-Hassan at cover and he capitalized on the let-out.
Gayle put on a remarkable 201 for the second wicket with New Zealand batsman Brendon McCallum hitting his second straight half-century with an unbeaten 51 off 43 deliveries.
In reply, Dynamites slipped to 29 for four in the fifth over, and never recovered, ending on 149 for nine off their 20 overs.
West Indies stars Evin Lewis (15), Sunil Narine (14) Kieron Pollard (5) all failed.