Gayle breaks world records

Chris Gayle smashed 17 sixes against the Pune Warriors.

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle (R). Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - West Indian batsman Chris Gayle raced to a 30-ball century to take the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a mammoth score of 263/5 against the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Gayle finished on 175 off 66 deliveries in a record breaking innings that contained 17 sixes.

The West Indian was severe on any delivery short of a length and did not allow the Pune bowlers to settle into anything resembling a decent line and length.

The century is the fastest hundred to be scored in the history of cricket and breaks the record previously held by Shahid Afridi.

The team total is also the highest in T20 history, eclipsing the 260/6 Sri Lanka compiled against Kenya in 2007.

Tillekaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers chipped in with 33 and 31 respectively but were mostly spectators to Gayle's power hitting.

Gayle was responsible for three overs in the innings that went for more than 20 runs as Pune Warriors look to remain competitive in the IPL.