Pushes West Indies
ENGLAND 182 for six off 20 overs (Joe Root 48, Jos Buttler 30, Alex Hales 28, Eoin Morgan 27 not out; Andre Russell 2-36, Dwayne Bravo 2-41)
WEST INDIES 183 for four off 18.1 overs (Chris Gayle 100 not out, Marlon Samuels 37)
The ICC World Twenty20 started on a winning note for the West Indies in their encounter against England in Mumbai on Wednesday.
England, having set a formidable score of 182 runs, must have harbored thoughts of winning their first game against the West Indies in the series.
That, however, proved to be a fleeting illusion as the might of the powerful Gayle-force batting was far too strong for all that England had to offer.
At the end, Gayle left in his path to a magnificent century, 11 sixes and five fours thus making light work of the opposition’s score along with many fans describing West Indies win as “taking candy from a baby.”
In the early stages of the innings, Gayle’s compadre Marlon Samuels, for the most part, farmed the strike; however, not for long as no one rains on Gayle’s parade when he is on song, and the talismanic batsman was in his element whether spin or pace was introduced into the attack by England.
He tore into the bowling of off spinner Adil Rashid by hitting two consecutive sixes at the half-way mark of the West Indies innings and was prepared to take no prisoners as he also hammered two sixes off Ben Stokes two overs later.
Earlier in the inning, Gayle’s new opening partner, Johnson Charles, was out for zero in the first over, thus forcing Marlon Samuels to the crease earlier than anticipated.
Samuels wasted no time before launching into the attack, but just as he was getting into the groove to display his batting prowess he was out for a breezy 37, caught in the deep by David Willey off Rashid.
Denesh Ramdin went for 12 while Dwayne Bravo could manage only two, but Gayle continued to butcher the attack while wickets fell around him.
The powerfully built Jamaican batsman Gayle popularly known as “world boss” in cricketing circles showed no mercy in his brutal attack on the English bowlers as he continued to hit sixes all over the park.
He sealed his century in the 18th over with a quick single as he finished on 100 not out from 48 balls.
Andre Russell hit the winning run as the West Indies beat the total set them in 18.1 overs.
The game started with West Indies captain Darren Sammy winning the toss and asking England to take their turn at the wicket by batting first.
Joe Root was the top-scorer for England with a knock of 48, including two superb sixes, off 36 balls at the western Indian city’s Wankhede Stadium.
England skipper Eoin Morgan displayed a lot of confidence before the game and to a certain extent carried that into the match as the team put up a workman-like total.
England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales started off slowly by scoring a mere five runs in the opening two overs and just as they appear to be on the verge of upping the ante Roy was out for 15, caught by Samuel Badree off Russell.
Hales and Root were making great progress with a healthy run-rate, reaching 81 for one after 10 overs.
However, Sulieman Benn, West Indies left-arm spinner put a halt to the partnership that was gathering momentum by bowling Hales in the 12th over with England’s opener having made 28.
Root fell soon after miss-hitting a Russell delivery straight to Jerome Taylor, who took the catch with ease at mid-off.
Jos Buttler made 30, including three sixes, before being caught by Carlos Brathwaite in the deep; while Morgan scored 27 not out.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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