Chris Gayle bombarded England with sixes on his West Indies return, clearing the ropes 12 instances on his technique to 135 because the hosts set a goal of 361 within the first one-day worldwide in Barbados.
The 39-year-old, concurrently ending a six-month exile from ODI cricket and starting a lap of honour that can finish in retirement after this summer time’s World Cup, misplaced a collection of balls as he repeatedly heaved the visiting assault into the leg-side to deliver up a 24th century within the format.
The left-hander’s brutal hitting carried his facet to 360-8 – their largest whole on residence soil and greatest towards England. With 23 maximums within the innings it was additionally a world document, beating the 22 the Windies conceded to New Zealand in 2014.
Gayle reasserted his declare to be the ‘Universe Boss’ in a pre-series press look however, after being dropped on 9 by Jason Roy, he let actions communicate louder than phrases on the Kensington Oval.
After a ponderous begin he progressively lined up the England assault, scoring his first 50 in 76 deliveries however taking simply 24 over his subsequent 50.
He celebrated the second first by dropping to his knees and hailing the pavilion, then obtained to his ft and balanced his maroon helmet on high of his bat earlier than holding each implements excessive above his head.
There have been private landmarks alongside the way in which, with Gayle overtaking Shahid Afridi’s mark of 476 to make him probably the most prolific six-hitter in worldwide cricket and leapfrogging Brian Lara as the highest one-day run-scorer on the venue.
Moeen Ali suffered the messiest figures, with 10 wicketless overs for 85, whereas Liam Plunkett – the bowler who may need had Gayle in single figures had Roy held a tough probability at level within the 12th over, additionally struggled. He obtained via six overs for 54, and noticed 4 of the 14 balls he bowled at Gayle clobbered over the boundary.
It fell to Ben Stokes to see off the veteran, however not till the 47th over when a full-pitched slower ball clattered the stumps through an inside edge. The England all-rounder completed with 3-37, together with the wicket of his 2016 World T20 closing nemesis Carlos Brathwaite.
Shai Hope made 64 and Adil Rashid’s leg-spin additionally yielded three scalps however their efforts had been shunted to the margins by Gayle’s comeback ton. Ashley Nurse hit the record-breaking 23rd six off the ultimate ball of the innings, his third in an eight-ball cameo that yielded 25 not out.
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