Alex Hales is one of the most destructive limited overs batsmen in the modern game. He showed that in a Natwest T20 Blast game while playing for Nottinghamshire against Durham as he hit a blitzkrieg 95 from just 30 balls but fell just short of equaling Chris Gayle’s record of the fastest century.
After hitting nine sixes, Hales attempted to hit one more to reach the milestone but was caught and dismissed on 95.
“I knew there was a chance to go for the quickest T20 century of all-time and you don’t get those opportunities very often,” Hales said after his knock.
He added, “I love batting at Trent Bridge, for me it is utter paradise, the wickets are great and there are some short boundaries, so I knew there was a chance of doing it.”
ICYMI @AlexHales1 nearly broke @henrygayle's mark for the fastest #T20 ton 😲Absolute scenes this way ➡️ https://t.co/YYCQ4Pp5Ye pic.twitter.com/HKHgk05aXP— NatWest T20 Blast (@NatWestT20Blast) August 6, 2017
ICYMI @AlexHales1 nearly broke @henrygayle's mark for the fastest #T20 ton 😲Absolute scenes this way ➡️ https://t.co/YYCQ4Pp5Ye pic.twitter.com/HKHgk05aXP
While the record for the fastest century eluded Hales, along with opening partner Riki Wessels, he managed to set up a record opening stand. The duo eclipsed the 105-run record set by Kolkata’s Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine in the IPL and went one better as they posted 106.
“It’s a special feeling to play here and to get so many in the Power Play overs with Riki,” Hales said. “As a team, we’ve got real momentum at the moment and hopefully we can keep it going.”
In his innings of 95, Hales hit nine fours and nine maximums and also hit 28 runs in one over.
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