Chris Gayle hits record 40th World Cup six as West Indies rout Pakistan

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Chris Gayle made six-hitting history as he propelled West Indies to a seven-wicket victory after Pakistan imploded to 105 all out in the World Cup match at Trent Bridge.

Gayle’s 50 off 33 balls, which helped steer West Indies to their target in 13.4 overs, included consecutive maximums of Hasan Ali – taking him to 39 sixes in five World Cups and past the previous record he had jointly-held with South Africa’s AB de Villiers (37).

The 39-year-old followed up with another six off Wahab Riaz and added two boundaries off the next two balls, but appeared to put his lower back out in so doing, barely hobbling through to his fifty off 33 balls.

It came as little surprise when Gayle departed for no further score, top-edging an attempted pull off Mohammad Amir (3-26) to point – West Indies just 29 runs from victory at that point, on 77-3.