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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

World records tumble in Gayle onslaught


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Records have tumbled during the opening match of the one day series between the West Indies and England in Barbados, with batsmen dominating during England’s six wicket victory.

The West Indies, led by Chris Gayle, smashed a world record 23 sixes during their innings, with Gayle clearing the ropes 12 times by himself, but remarkably the home side’s total of 360 was easily overhauled.

Just days after declaring himself the "greatest player in the world," and the "universe boss," Gayle’s 135 off 129 balls contained 12 sixes and just three fours. The 39-year-old set a world record of his own, passing Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi’s total of 476 sixes in all forms of international cricket.

Having announced his impending retirement from one-day cricket after the upcoming World Cup, Gayle turned back the clock, dropping to his knees as he reached his 24th ODI hundred, then holding his bat aloft with his helmet balanced on top of the handle.

Chris Gayle

He was dropped by Jason Roy when he was on just nine, when the Englishman grassed a straightforward chance at point off the bowling of Liam Plunkett. Given a reprieve, Gayle made England pay, reaching his hundred off exactly 100 balls. Having been 12 off 36 before clearing the ropes for the first time, Gayle’s final 123 runs came off 93 balls.

Shai Hope joined in the fun, with a six off Moeen Ali landing on the roof of the five storey media centre. On at least five occasions the ball had to be replaced after disappearing out of the ground, as the West Indies piled up 8-360 from their 50 overs.

Having given Gayle a second chance, Roy atoned for his mistake when the visitors took their turn at the crease, with a blistering 123 from just 85 balls, showing why England are one of the favourites to lift the World Cup later this year.

When Roy was dismissed in the 27th over, the visitors were already 2-205 and well on track to record their highest ever run chase in an ODI.

Jason Roy

Joe Root also reached his century at better than a run ball, finishing with 102 from 97 balls to become just the second player after Hashim Amla to make three ODI centuries against the West Indies in the Caribbean. Root was dismissed with the scores level, caught on the square leg boundary from a delivery that was close to a no-ball for height.

England’s 4-364 was the third highest successful run chase of all time, with the visitors winning with eight balls to spare.

As expected in such a high-scoring match, several bowlers took a pounding, with Moeen Ali’s 10 overs costing 85, while West Indian legspinner Davendra Bishoo conceded 78 off his 10.

Most sixes in an innings:

23 – West Indies v England – Barbados – 2019

22 – New Zealand v West Indies – Queenstown – 2014

21 – England v Australia – Nottingham – 2018

20 – South Africa v India – Mumbai – 2015

Records have tumbled during the opening match of the one day series between the West Indies and England in Barbados, with batsmen dominating during England’s six wicket victory.

The West Indies, led by Chris Gayle, smashed a world record 23 sixes during their innings, with Gayle clearing the ropes 12 times by himself, but remarkably the home side’s total of 360 was easily overhauled.

Just days after declaring himself the "greatest player in the world," and the "universe boss," Gayle’s 135 off 129 balls contained 12 sixes and just three fours. The 39-year-old set a world record of his own, passing Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi’s total of 476 sixes in all forms of international cricket.

Having announced his impending retirement from one-day cricket after the upcoming World Cup, Gayle turned back the clock, dropping to his knees as he reached his 24th ODI hundred, then holding his bat aloft with his helmet balanced on top of the handle.

Chris Gayle

He was dropped by Jason Roy when he was on just nine, when the Englishman grassed a straightforward chance at point off the bowling of Liam Plunkett. Given a reprieve, Gayle made England pay, reaching his hundred off exactly 100 balls. Having been 12 off 36 before clearing the ropes for the first time, Gayle’s final 123 runs came off 93 balls.

Shai Hope joined in the fun, with a six off Moeen Ali landing on the roof of the five storey media centre. On at least five occasions the ball had to be replaced after disappearing out of the ground, as the West Indies piled up 8-360 from their 50 overs.

Having given Gayle a second chance, Roy atoned for his mistake when the visitors took their turn at the crease, with a blistering 123 from just 85 balls, showing why England are one of the favourites to lift the World Cup later this year.

When Roy was dismissed in the 27th over, the visitors were already 2-205 and well on track to record their highest ever run chase in an ODI.

Jason Roy

Joe Root also reached his century at better than a run ball, finishing with 102 from 97 balls to become just the second player after Hashim Amla to make three ODI centuries against the West Indies in the Caribbean. Root was dismissed with the scores level, caught on the square leg boundary from a delivery that was close to a no-ball for height.

England’s 4-364 was the third highest successful run chase of all time, with the visitors winning with eight balls to spare.

As expected in such a high-scoring match, several bowlers took a pounding, with Moeen Ali’s 10 overs costing 85, while West Indian legspinner Davendra Bishoo conceded 78 off his 10.

Most sixes in an innings:

23 – West Indies v England – Barbados – 2019

22 – New Zealand v West Indies – Queenstown – 2014

21 – England v Australia – Nottingham – 2018

20 – South Africa v India – Mumbai – 2015

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