Chris Gayle bludgeons 47 ball century to outclass England at Mumbai

The contest presented a chance for the two former T20 champions West indies and England to put their foot down in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 with a win under their belt in their opening fixture.

England were put in to bat on placid conditions at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai as West indies Skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and decided to field first.England openers started well but Roy was dismissed by medium pacer Andre Russell to leave England at 37 for 1 after 5 overs.Alex Hales and Joe Root once again established a good partnership of  55 runs to steady the England’s innings.

Joe Root was the highest scorer for England as he struck 48 runs with ease and composure to lay an ideal scenario for other dangerous players like Morgan and Butler to fully capitalize the last overs of the innings.The situation panned out the same way as England Skipper Morgan struck 27 runs off 14 balls alongside Jos Butler who scored 30 runs off 20 balls to take England to post 183 runs after 20 overs.

The second innings saw  West indies premier batsman and opener Chris Gayle come to the party and lay an assault on all England bowlers.He struck a fast paced 47 ball hundred that included five fours and eleven sixes to steer his side to victory over England by 6 wickets.England bowlers were fairly ordinary except Chris Jordan who bowled tidy spell on the night.

West indies have started on a winning note as teams will be wary of their ability to produce unthinkable out of nowhere.England will have tough task ahead of them as they will battle it out against a formidable South Africa in their second game in the T20 World Cup 2016 on the same surface in a few days time.

 

 

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