One of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball and the most entertaining batsmen Chris Gayle has shown the world many times his ability to score runs at will. On his debut for Somerset in the T20 Blast, he demolished the Kent bowlers all around the park in an amazing century but could not help his team to victory.
Kent who batted first lost an early wicket to a run out but Sam Northeast with 114 and Daniel Bell-Drummond with 51 took the Somerset bowlers apart and some late innings cameos took the score to a formidable 227 in 20 overs thanks to a last over with four wickets.
However Chris Gayle who is not new to huge score saw his team tumble to 22 for 2 in less than 5 overs but provided momentum with three sixes in the span of eight balls. A partnership with in form Hildreth of 113 runs in 9 over’s took them close to the target.
After getting a fifty in 29 balls, Gayle who was hitting the ball over the top of the ground looked unstoppable and Somerset were looking at an improbable victory. Even as Somerset lost wickets regularly, with 63 to get of the last 4 over’s, Gayle who reached his century in 45 balls took the game to the penultimate ball but saw his team lose the game by three runs after hitting the last ball for a six.
Gayle’s who finished on an unbeaten 151 of 62 balls ended with the sixth highest individual score in T20 Internationals.