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.