Alex Hales Falls Short Of Equalling Chris Gayle’s Record Of Fastest T20 Century
England opener Alex Hales fell agonizingly short of matching the fastest hundred in T20 cricket when he was dismissed for 95 in Nottinghamshire Outlaws’ five-wicket win over Durham Jets at Trent Bridge on Saturday (August 5).
The hard-hitting batsman, who had scored an unbeaten 187 to help Nottinghamshire clinch Royal London One-Day Cup final a month ago, slammed nine sixes and as many fours to race away to 95 off just 29 deliveries before being dismissed by James Weighell. The right-handed batsman had gone for the shot to equal Chris Gayle’s 30-ball ton for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL but he only managed to sky the shot as wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter made no mistake in pouching the catch, thus bringing an end to the carnage that had lit the Trent Bridge.
— Vitality Blast (@VitalityBlast) August 5, 2017
“I knew there was a chance to go for the quickest T20 century of all-time and you don’t get those opportunities very often,” Hales said after the knock. “I love batting at Trent Bridge, for me, it is utter paradise, the wickets are great and there are some short boundaries, so I knew there was a chance of doing it.
It’s a special feeling to play here and to get so many in the Powerplay overs with Riki. As a team, we’ve got real momentum at the moment and hopefully we can keep it going,” he added.
Chasing 184, Hales and his opening partner Riki Wessels fired on all cylinders, amassing a staggering 106 runs in the powerplay before Hales was dismissed with the scorecard reading 126 in 7.1 overs. The home team lost four wickets for the next 12 runs but Samit Patel’s 16-ball 26 runs ensured they reach the target with 37 balls remaining.
— Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) August 5, 2017
Earlier, a 53-run knock knock from Michael Richardson and Paul Coughlin’s unbeaten 25-ball 42 had propelled Durham to 183 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs.
Here is a clip of Hales’ devastating innings:
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