Gayle smashes 24th century as Windies put on 360

By February 20, 2019
Chris Gayle swing away a delivery during an innins og 135 against England at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Chris Gayle swing away a delivery during an innins og 135 against England at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Veteran opener, Christopher Henry Gayle, now has 24 centuries under his belt after smashing 135 off 128 deliveries to lead the Windies to 360 for 8 in the first One Day International of series against England at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. 

Gayle, who started slowly, was the minor partner when he opened with John Campbell, 30, and again started that way with Shai Hope, 64, for companionship. Once Gayle followed Hope in raising his bat to signal his half-century though, his rate of scoring jumped and the Gayle Storm had well and truly hit Barbados.

Gayle would eventually end at better than a run a ball, getting to his 135 from 129 deliveries before Ben Stokes had him bowled off the inside edge with a good slower ball. On his way to his 24th ODI century, Gayle hit just three boundaries, but cleared it an impressive 12 times.

Earlier Darren Bravo had done some big hitting of his own, enjoying a good return to ODI cricket with a well-played 40 from 30 deliveries. His innings included four sixes and two fours.

Shimron Hetmyer scored an enterprising 20, from 15 balls, hitting two fours and a six before a miscued shot went straight to mid off. Hope and Campbell also cleared the boundary once, while Ashley Nurse, 25, did so on three occasions, hitting one boundary.

The tally was achieved against the bowling of Adil Rashid, who bagged 3-74, and Ben Stokes, who ended with 3-37. There were two wickets for Chris Woakes, 2-59, while Mark Wood, 0-49, Moeen Ali, 0-85, and Liam Plunkett, 0-54, went wicketless.

England will now need to score at 7.2 to get to their 361-run target.

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