Chris Gayle has equalled the Twenty20 record for the quickest half century after smashing 50 off just 12 balls in the Big Bash League. West Indies batsman Gayle hit seven sixes as he equalled the record set by India's Yuvrag Singh against England at the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup.
Gayle scored 27 runs from the first over and hit his last four deliveries for six. The 36-year-old was dismissed for 56 when he skied Travis Head's delivery.
His outstanding innings could not prevent his side Melbourne Renegades from being eliminated from the League, however, after they failed to close the gap on Adelaide Strikers. Adelaide won the match by 27 runs after making 170 for five, and bowling out Gayle's Melbourne for 143, with the West Indian top scorer.
It marks the end of Gayle's Big Bash campaign which was marred by comments made to television reporter Mel McLaughlin where he asked her out on a date on live television. Gayle later apologised.