On April 23, 2013, Universal Boss, Chris Gayle, smashed an unbeaten 175 runs against the now-defunct Pune Warriors India to register the highest individual score in the Indian Premier League, surpassing Brendon McCullum’s 158 runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first season of the league.
It was the fastest century in Twenty20 cricket, and in the process, Gayle led the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a huge victory over the Pune Warriors with 130 runs.
With the help of Gayle Storm, RCB became the first team to cross the mark of 250 runs in IPL. Even today, 263/5 by RCB is the highest team score in IPL history. The second highest score is also taken by the RCB - 248/3 against the defunct Gujarat Lions at the 2016 season of IPL.
The start of the historic match between RCB and PWI was delayed due to rain, but what followed was phenomenal. Opening the batting for RCB, Gale hit 50 in just 17 balls before registering a 30-ball century, the fastest century in the IPL.
17 huge sixes and 13 fours complemented gayle’s instant 175-run knock, and to salt Pune’s wound, the West Indies cricketer also picked two wickets in his last over.
One could expect some kind of brawl from Pune after being tasked with chasing 264 runs in 20 overs. However, this was followed by sheer dominance from RCB as they did not allow Pune to take charge and continued to take the dismissals.
In the end, Pune managed to score a paltry 133 runs out of a 20 overs allowance, while RCB took a stunning 130 run victory. The only joyous moment for Pune in this match was the ace Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who conceded only 23 runs from his quota of four overs.
#OnThisDay in 2013: Chris Gayle smashed the fastest 100 in history off just 30 balls, hitting 175* in a T20.— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) April 23, 2021
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