Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Maximum! West Indies break record for number of sixes in an ODI inning

West Indies opener Chris Gayle.

West Indies opener Chris Gayle.

West Indies hit a record 23 sixes against England on Wednesday as Chris Gayle fired the hosts to 360-8 in the opening ODI in Barbados.

Gayle, who hammered 135 from 129 balls, launched 12 of the maximums as they went past the previous best set by New Zealand against the Windies in January 2014.

Darren Bravo (40 from 30 balls) struck four of his own before Ashley Nurse (25 not out from 8 balls) slapped Adil Rashid for two in four balls in the 48th over.

It was Devendra Bishoo who levelled the record, before Nurse sent Rashid over the long-on boundary off the last ball to give the Windies a 23rd maximum.

Gayle's heroics had already seen him set a personal record, the opener moving past Shahid Afridi with the most sixes in international cricket.

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