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Chris Gayle makes history with a century of sixes in T20 format

The Jamaican shot-smasher reached the milestone in West Indies' T20 international victory over England at Durham.

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Chris Gayle makes history with a century of sixes in T20 format
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On Saturday, legendary West Indies opener Chris Gayle became the first batsman to hit 100 sixes in the Twenty20 International format.

He achieved the milestone during a lone T20 international against England at Durham, a game that the Windies won by 21 runs.

Gayle scored 40 from 21 balls, with three fours and four sixes, making history by striking a ball from left-arm bowler David Willey.

Top scorer

After the England match, the 37-year-old Gayle has now struck 103 sixes and 134 fours in the 52 T20 internationals he has played for the West Indies.

Other players with the most sixes in the T20 format are: New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum (91), Australian pair Shane Watson (83) and David Warner (74) and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (73).

In other formats of cricket, the Jamaican has smashed 96 sixes in 103 Tests and 238 maximums in 269 ODIs.

West Indies surprise England

The Windies stunned England in the one-off T20 on Saturday, beating them by 21 runs.

The Caribbean squad batted first and racked up 176 runs, openers Evin Lewis and Gayle achieved 72 runs off 39 balls. However, after the West Indies lost their first wicket, they also lost their momentum.

We had a good start and fell away but then the way we finished the game it was fantastic,” said Windies’ captain Carlos Brathwaite after the match.

After the 10th over, West Indies stood on 106-1. However, they then lost eight wickets for only 70 runs.

In response, England’s Jason Roy was dismissed for a duck by Jerome Taylor.

Nevertheless, Alex Hales managed to score eight fours and a six, leaving England on 64-1.

Unfortunately for the Europeans, they then lost three wickets in three overs.

It was Windies’ captain Carlos Brathwaite (3-20) and Kersick Williams (3-35) who overpowered England’s batsmen.

Eventually the hosts were dismissed with 155 runs and three balls to spare.

The teams will meet again in the opening game of a five-match ODI series, which begins at Old Trafford on Tuesday.