Adam Gilchrist plunders fastest century of the inaugural IPL season

Such was Adam Gilchrist’s dominance that VVS Laxman scored just 37 runs in their unbroken opening stand of 155. Gilchrist’s 109 came off 47 balls with hit 10 sixes and nine fours © AFP (File Pic)

On April 27, 2008 Adam Gilchrist sent Mumbai Indians on a leather hunt as he uncorked a special knock at the DY Patil Stadium. Prakash Govindasreenivasan relives the havoc caused by the Australian left-hander.

After three consecutive losses, the pressure was mounting on VVS Laxman, skipper of Deccan Chargers. Luckily for him, his bowlers showed good discipline to restrict the home side to 154 on a small ground. What followed at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium was breathtaking as Adam Gilchrist scored the fastest century (off 42 deliveries) of the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Gilchrist had announced an emotional retirement from international cricket less than six months before the start of the IPL. But this knock was testimony to the fact that he was hardly done with cricket.

The Deccan Chargers were one of the strongest teams on paper, with some dangerous batsmen in their side. When Gilchrist walked out to bat with Laxman, the onus of providing a good start was on the Aussie. He was helped early on by some poor bowling from the Mumbai Indians. It started with Ashish Nehra who bowled a couple of short-pitched deliveries and got the treatment he deserved. A couple of boundaries in the first over set the tone and gave Gilchrist the confidence to begin his onslaught.

Gilchrist was determined to take the Deccan Chargers to their first win and even Shaun Pollock could not come in the way. The South African suffered an off day, thanks to the Gilchrist ambush. His two consecutive sixes over deep square-leg off Pollock defined the southpaw’s form. Both sixes came in the seventh over, the first of which brought up his maiden Twenty20 half-century. Mumbai’s bowling unit was clearly missing Harbhajan Singh, who was suspended after allegedly slapping Shantakumaran Sreesanth in the match against the Kings XI Punjab a couple of days ago.

He took apart every bowler that Mumbai threw his way. The likes Siddharth Chitnis, Dwayne Bravo and Abhishek Nayar were seen hiding for cover as they were smashed all over the park by the Australian.
Gilchrist did not allow the momentum to slip out of his hands. Despite posting a decent total, Mumbai Indians were out of the game the moment Gilchrist began hitting boundaries with monotonous regularity. Such was Gilchrist’s dominance that Laxman scored just 37 runs in their unbroken stand of 155 for the first wicket.

Gilchrist’s unbeaten knock of 109 (off 47 balls, nine fours and 10 sixes) was a successful marriage of sublime timing and ruthless hitting. The annihilation of the Mumbai Indians was complete as early as the 12th over.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 154 for 7 in 20 overs (Dwayne Bravo 34, Abhishek Nayar 34; RP Singh 2 for 15, Shahid Afridi 2 for 32) lost to Deccan Chargers 155 for no loss in 12 overs (Adam Gilchrist 109*, VVS Laxman 37*) by 10 wickets

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(Prakash Govindasreenivasan is an Editorial consultant at CricketCountry and a sports fanatic, with a soft corner for cricket. After studying journalism for two years, came the first big high in his professional life – the opportunity to interview his hero Adam Gilchrist and talking about his magnificent 149 in the 2007 World Cup final. While not following cricket, he is busy rooting for Chelsea FC)