Gayle’s phenomenal striking – six of the first nine deliveries he faced were hit for six – was ultimately in vain, as his Melbourne Renegades fell 27 runs short of their target of 171 within 16 overs against top-placed Adelaide.
Few of the crowd of 25,227 were likely to have been too downcast on their departure from Etihad Stadium given a batting cameo that lived up to Gayle’s self-proclaimed moniker of “Universe Boss”.
His half-century from 12 deliveries equalled the record of India’s Yuvraj Singh.
The Renegades were fortunate to win the toss as it gave them an opportunity to field first. Chasing not only played to their strengths – they had won three from three previously in the season, compared with none from four batting first – but gave them more influence on what they needed to do to overtake Sydney Thunder for a top-four berth.