Cricket: Gayle in explosive form as West Indies destroy Sri Lanka

Gayle in explosive form as West Indies destroy Sri Lanka

Chris Gayle - Man of the Match

Chris Gayle – Man of the Match

KINGSTON, Jamaica — An explosive 21st One-day International hundred from Chris Gayle followed up steady bowling led by Sunil Narine to propel West Indies to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the Celkon Mobile Cup Series on Friday June 28.

All but 31 of Gayle’s 109 were boundaries, as West Indies successfully chased 209 for victory in the opening match of the three-nation series at Sabina Park.

Gayle treated scores of his compatriots to a typically destructive innings, catapulting West Indies over the finish line with 73 deliveries remaining and making him a shoo-in for the Man-of-the-Match award.
He reached his milestone from 89 balls, when he played a full length delivery from Lasith Malinga to mid-off and scampered a single.  

The final result allowed West Indies to draw first blood in the tournament that also involves India, the reigning World champions and recently-crowned ICC Champions Trophy winners, the home team’s next opponent on Sunday June 30,  at the same venue. It also gave West Indies a valuable bonus point.  [Read more]

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