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Gayle hits record-breaking 50 in 12 balls

Chris Gayle signed off from this year's Big Bash by equalling the all-time record for the world's quickest Twenty20 half-century.

Gayle smashed his way past 50 from just 12 balls in Melbourne, but it was not enough to keep the Renegades in the competition as they fell to a 27-run defeat against table-topping Adelaide Strikers.

Chris Gayle smashed his way past 50 from just 12 balls. Credit: PA

West Indies opener Gayle hit seven sixes and two fours on the way to 56 at the top of the order, and joined Yuvraj Singh as scorer of the sprint format's fastest half-century - the India all-rounder's innings at the 2007 World Twenty20 having included six sixes in one over off England's Stuart Broad.

Gayle is already holder of the record for the fastest Twenty20 hundred - from 30 balls - on the way to a mammoth 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013.

Following his controversial remarks in a Channel 10 interview during a Big Bash match two weeks ago, this time Gayle chose to stay off mic.

Somerset snap up big hitter Gayle

Gayle is heading to Taunton. Credit: PA

West Indies master-blaster batsman Chris Gayle will play for Somerset in this summer's NatWest T20 Blast.

Destructive opener Gayle will join Somerset in late May, the exact date of his arrival depending on his involvement in the knockout stages of the Indian Premier League, and he will remain with them until June 13.

Somerset hope the 35-year-old will therefore be available for six matches.

Gayle inspires 73-run West Indies win over Zimbabwe

Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion on Tuesday with the first ever World Cup double century to drive West Indies to a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash at Manuka Oval.

All hail Chris Gayle! Credit: Reuters

The opener's 215 was the highest individual innings in a World Cup match, the third highest in any one-day international, and formed the large part of a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels (133 not out), also an one-day record.

The dreadlocked 35-year-old slugged 16 sixes -- tying the one-day record -- as well as 10 fours in his 147-ball knock and even though he was dismissed with the last ball of the innings, West Indies were set fair at 372 for two. Zimbabwe had their run-chase trimmed to 363 from 48 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain briefly interrupted the contest and they initially made a good fist of it.

Brendan Taylor was unfortunate to be dismissed for 37 after a controversial third umpire referral and middle order batsmen Sean Williams (76) and Craig Ervine (52) also put in good shifts.

When Gayle (2-35) returned with the ball to dismiss Ervine and Stuart Matsikenyeri (19) with his off-spin, however, the writing was on the wall for Zimbabwe and they were all out for 289 in the 45th over.