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Chris Gayle Smashes First Ever T20 International Century

Chris Gayle. Photo ICC on Twitter.

On this present day (September 11), in 2007, the T20 International format noticed its first each century. No guesses who, it is the Universe Boss Chris Gayle! Interestingy, it got here within the very first match of the inaugural ICC World T20 in opposition to hosts South Africa. Unfortunately for West Indies and Chris Gayle, it got here in a dropping trigger.

Gayle smashed 117 off 57 whereas batting first, in a knock that had 10 sixes and seven fours. South Africa opted to subject first in Johannesburg however needed to see a Gayle storm because the West Indian, together with Devon Smith, placed on 145 for the opening stand inside 14 overs. Smith contributed merely 35 off 34 balls within the partnership.

Gayle carried on for 3 extra overs and crossed his ton earlier than falling to Van der Wath within the 17th over. Once he fell, West Indies could not get the large end however managed to get to 205 for six of their 20 overs.

Such a complete would have been sufficient on most days however South Africa have been decided to win their first T20 World Cup match on dwelling soil. Herschelle Gibbs made 90* off 55 whereas Justin Kemp smashed 46* off 22, as South Africa cruised dwelling in 17.four overs with as many as eight wickets in hand. AB de Villiers made 16 off 9 whereas captain Graeme Smith made 28.

The Man of the Match, although, was Gayle. The huge hitting batsman has since made 22 centuries in T20 cricket, scoring 13296 runs. He was additionally part of West Indies’ T20 World Cup wins in 2012 and 2016. Gayle, who will flip 41 quickly, is part of the IPL 2020 taking part in for Kings XI Punjab.

India went on to win that match, beating Pakistan within the last.

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