Windies vs England: Chris Gayle smokes a 121-metre six off Liam Plunkett in the first ODI
Gayle's form is a huge boost for Windies ahead of the World Cup.
Updated - Feb 21, 2019 11:48 am
Chris Gayle announced himself back into the Windies ODI team with a stunning knock of 135 runs in the series opener against England. Though the home side couldn’t defend a mammoth total of 360 on a flat pitch, Gayle’s form is certainly a massive boost for them ahead of the World Cup. The Universe Boss smacked 12 sixes during his blistering knock and one of them measured a huge 121 metres which went out of the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
After struggling for the first few overs, Gayle opened his arms in the middle overs to launch an assault on the opposition bowlers. It was calculated though as he didn’t go bonkers and played patiently. However, Liam Plunkett, unfortunately, got into Gayle’s radar in the 27th over of the innings in which 15 runs were scored.
Gayle lights up the Kensington Oval
Chris Gayle had got back into his groove by then and had smoked Plunkett for a huge six off the second ball of the over. But more brutality was coming the bowler’s way. Plunkett didn’t learn from his mistakes and delivered the next ball on the fuller length and at the stumps. The 39-year-old monster backed away and launched it over deep mid-wicket high into the sky as the crowd and England players haplessly watched it sail out of the stadium.
When measured, it turned out to be 121-metre six from Chris Gayle who eventually went on to slam his 24th ODI century and celebrated it in style as well. Having dropped him on nine, England finally managed to dismiss Gayle in the 47th over of the innings. But by then, the Windies had crossed the 300-run mark and posted 360 runs on the board. As many as nine balls lost during their innings.
With Gayle in such a kind of form, England can’t afford to relax in any game in this series and should not drop at least him a player like him.
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— Aman Gavaskar (@aman_gavaskar) February 20, 2019