WATCH: Chris Gayle hits fastest 50 in Big Bash League

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Chris Gayle has smashed a 12-ball-50 to equal Yuvraj Singh’s record of the fastest half century in a T20 game. Yuvraj Singh had set the record of the fastest 50 in Twenty20 in the 2007 World Cup against England in Durban. Yuvraj had smashed 6 sixes in an over of Stuart Broad in the match.

Gayle hit 7 sixes and 2 fours for Melbourne Renegades before he was dismissed for 56 off 17 balls in the semi final of the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia.

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Melbourne Renegades needed 171 runs in 16 overs against Adelaide Strikers to qualify for Big Bash T20 league final. And Gayle started by hitting four consecutive sixes in Greg West’s first over. He reached his 50-run mark in the fourth over of Renegades’ innings.

The West Indies opener also holds the record for the fastest T20 century in the Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle had scored 100 in just 30 balls in the 2013 edition of the IPL while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In spite of Gayle’s blistering half century, Renegades lost the semi-final and and crashed out of the Big Bash League. The Melbourne team fell 27 runs short of their target of 171

Chris Gayle was met with raucous applause by the crowd of 25,227 people in the Etihad Stadium as he walked off raising his bat after his dismissal. This could be the Jamaican’s farewell match if Cricket Australia decides not to welcome him back in the next edition of the cricket league.

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Chris Gayle to TV presenter Mel McLaughlin: Don’t blush baby

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Chris Gayle is drawing ire for his comments to a female reporter during a live interview after a Big Bash League game in Australia. Gayle asked Channel 10 presenter Mel McLaughlin out for a drink during a live interview after Melbourne Renegades‘ Big Bash League win over Hobart Hurricanes. The West Indian cricketer further added “Don’t Blush Baby” making the interviewer uncomfortable with his remarks that has been criticised by former England all-rounder and Channel 10 commentator Andrew Flintoff.

Chris Gayle made a whirlwind 41 in 15 balls to help Melbourne Renegades register a comfortable victory in the match.

Mel McLaughlin said to Gayle at the start of the interview: “You’re absolutely smashing this innings!”

Gayle, who is known for his antics, replied: “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well.. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice so ..“Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush baby.” The cricketer burst out in laughter after the comments leaving the interviewer clearly embarrassed.

The comments led to an onslaught of condemnation on social media. According to Australian media, David Barham, Channel 10 head of sport said, the network was “deeply offended” by Gayle’s comments and had conversations with Cricket Australia and had sought an apology.

Twitter has been trolling Chris Gayle but not all of it is criticism. There is some support for the star West Indian batsman too.

This is not the first time Gayle has been criticised for his sexist comments on female reporters during interviews.

In 2014, Chris Gayle who was captain of franchise Jamaica Tallawahs during the Caribbean Premier League was asked, “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?,” by a female reporter. And in response he said to her, “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels.”

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RCB crush RR by 71 runs, to play CSK in IPL ‘semi-final’ #RCBvsRR

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RCB beat RR

PUNE: Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator game of the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday night setting up a clash with Chennai Super Kings for a place in the finals. RCB defeated RR by 71 runs and will now be playing CSK in Ranchi on May 22.

AB de Villiers and Mandeep Singh set up RCB game

Royal Challengers scored 180 runs for four wickets after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. AB de Villiers (66 runs off 38 balls) and Mandeep Singh (54 off 34 balls) were among the star batsmen and it was their partnership of over 100 runs that hurt Rajasthan Royals the most.

Rajasthan batting faltered

Chasing 180, Rajasthan Royals never looked in control of the game. They lost wickets at regular intervals and no one except Ajhinkya Rahane offered any resistance. After Rahane’s dismissal for 42, it was only a matter of time for Royal Challengers’ bowlers to complete the formalities.

Virat praises AB, Mandeep

Speaking after the match, Virat Kohli said, “After seven overs, I honestly thought we should have bowled first.” The skipper was all praise for de Villiers and Mandeep Singh. “We all know AB is the best batsman in the world.  Commendable effort from Mandeep and we literally pulled him out of Kings XI,” Kohli said.

The clash between RCB and CSK will be a virtual semi-final as the winning team will lock horns with Mumbai Indians for the IPL 2015 trophy.

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IPL8: Kohli, Gayle, luck take RCB past Sunrisers

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HYDERABAD: Royal Challengers Bangalore reached a reduced target of 81 runs in just 5.5 overs to defeat Sun Risers Hyderabad in a rain-curtailed match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday night.

First the match was reduced to 11 overs a side with Hyderabad scoring 135 for 3 powered by MC Henriques’ superb knock of 57 runs off just 22 balls. David Warner remained unbeaten at 52 off just 32 balls. Then a second spell of rain further reduced the target to 81 runs in six overs (Duckworth Lewis method) at the start of the RCB inning.

It is easier to chase down 81 from six overs than 136 from 11. And with Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli on their side RCB always knew they had the ammunition. Gayle fired right from the first ball that he faced and raced to 35 off just 9 balls. RCB were 41 for 0 after the first two overs bowled by Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

But the third over brought the Sunrisers back into the game with Gayle lifting one into the deep midwicket and finding Shikhar Dhawan’s safe hands. The next ball by Moises Henriques got rid of the dangerous AB de Villiers bringing joy to the SRH camp and to the Hyderabad crowd. But Royal Challengers’ skipper Virat Kohli who batted till the end ensured that he has the last laugh.

The Royals needed 12 runs off the last four balls and Kohli hit two intelligent boundaries meticulously placing Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s yorkers through a tight-packed off side field. And then lifted the second last delivery to long off. David Warner caught the ball well within the boundary but then stepped on the boundary cushions with the ball still in his hand apparently celebrating the dismissal. Kohli jumped with joy and went into celebrations while the umpires took their time to confirm that it was a six.

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