Hard-hitting Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Chris Gayle created history by hammering the fastest century in cricket history during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Pune Warriors at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday.
The West Indian cricketer reached the triple figure mark in 30 balls and remained not out at 175 runs.
Gayle smashed 13 boundaries and 17 sixes in his entertaining knock.
Gayle´s knock beats the previous 34-ball Twenty20 record that was set by Andrew Symonds of Australia.
Pakistan´s Shahid Afridi holds the record of fastest century in One Day International (ODI) cricket. He had reached the triple figure mark in 37 balls against Sri Lanka in 1996.
In Test cricket, West Indian cricketer Viv Richards smashed the fastest ton in 56 balls.
Riding on Gayle´s 175-run knock, RCB posted a massive 263 for five on the scoreboard at the end of 20 overs.
Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan (33) added 167 runs in the first wicket partnership.
AB de Villiers hammered 31 runs off 8 balls which included three boundaries and three sixes.
Chasing 264 for victory, Pune scored 46 for four at the end of seven overs.
Steven Smith (4*) and Mitchell Marsh (0*) are on the crease at present.
Pune have lost the wickets of Robin Uthappa (0), Aaron Finch (18), Yuvraj Singh (16) and Luke Wright (7) so far.