Flamboyant West Indian batsman Chris Gayle created a new world record of most sixes in a T20 innings by hitting 18 sixes in the final of Bangladesh Premier League on Tuesday in Dhaka.
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However, it was not a great start for Rangpur, as Dhaka skipper Shakib Al Hasan removed last match's centurion Johnson Charles in the second over, with the score on five. Shakib took the only wicket for 26 runs.
On the other hand, Rangpur have stormed into the final after reaching play-off for the first time.
The left-hander remained unbeaten on a 69-ball 146 while Brendon McCullum was not out on 51 off 43 as the pair added 201 runs for the second-wicket, which was the highest partnership in the history of the BPL.
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Gayle finished as the leading BPL run-scorer, fashioning his 485 runs at an average of 53.88 and a momentous strike rate of 176.36. This is the beauty of T20 - one or two batsmen can change the course of the game.
Gayle said keeping Dhaka's key bowler Sunil Narine at bay was also part of Rangpur's plan.