Chris Gayle became the leading six-hitter in World Cup history during West Indies’ seven-wicket win over Pakistan at Trent Bridge. The legendary opener surpassed the record held by former South Africa captain AB de Villiers’ during his brutal innings of 50 off 34 balls.
The 39-year-old, who was once more seen to be limping during the knock, now has 39 sixes to De Villiers’ 37. It set the Caribbean side on their way to chasing down a modest Pakistan total of 105 – their second-lowest World Cup total.
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Windies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bowl under overcast skies in Nottingham with Oshane Thomas proving to be their most successful bowler.
He took four wickets as the two-time champions skittled Pakistan in under 22 overs with opener Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam the joint top-scorers with 22 each in an abysmal display of batting. Holder returned figures of 3-42 and Andre Russell took 2-4 before Windies chased down the target inside 14 overs to get their World Cup challenge off to the best possible start.