Chris Gayle’s scintillating form continued in the final of the Afghanistan Premier League on Sunday when the Jamaican scored his fourth straight fifty to rescue his side, setting course to lift the trophy and reaching a unique milestone.
Chasing Kabul Zwanan’s 132, Balkh Legends found themselves at 37 for 3 but Gayle stood tall at his end. With four fours and sixes, he eventually departed for 56 off 34 deliveries, laying the foundation for the eventual victory and ending up as the highest scorer of the match.
On course, the Kings XI Punjab star also reached the landmark of 12000 runs in the shortest format of the game.
Christopher Henry Gayle in T20s:— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 21, 2018
Becomes the first player to reach the 12000-run mark in T20s
Universe Boss!@henrygayle #APLFinal
Chris Gayle crossed 12,000 T20 runs in the APL Final yesterday. Gayle is now 2,432 runs clear of the second highest T20 run-scorer Brendon McCullum (9,620); & he has scored more runs in boundaries alone (9,016) than the third highest run-scorer (Kieron Pollard) has overall. #APL— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 22, 2018
“Before, I came here, I was playing fifty-over cricket. In my last game for Jamaica, I got a century so that actually gave me some momentum to come here,” Gayle said. “It’s great to be the champion in a fantastic tournament. The guys worked hard and played good cricket right through the tournament.”
Gayle hit 27 sixes in the tournament, the joint-highest in the APL.