Windies vs England 1st ODI: Chris Gayle made a roaring comeback as he smashed his 24th ODI century at Barbados against the touring English side. Gayle hit a breathtaking 135 off 129 balls and set the stage on fire. His innings was laced with 13 humungous sixes. He hit them to all parts of the ground. He took on the pacers as well as the spinners and gave the world a glimpse on how dangerous he can be in the World Cup later in the year. Enroute to his 24th ODI ton, Gayle surpassed the record of Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, beating his tally of 476 sixes. The action took place in the 14th over, when Gayle was on the crease and he knocked a Moeen Ali delivery with technique to send the ball away for a massive sixer. This took his sixes tally to 477, breaking Afridi’s record. Now Gayle holds the commendable world record of the maximum number of sixes in combined in all formats of the game. Also Read - IPL 2021: Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia Are Capable of Being Outstanding Performers at International Stage, Says Kumar Sangakkara
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Gayle also became the third oldest cricketer at the age of 39 to hit a century. Windies hit 23 sixes in the innings which is a world record as well.
Unfortunately, Gayle’s brilliance with the bat went in vain as England chased a mammoth 361. The visitors won the match by six wickets and eight balls to spare. Joe Root (102) and Jason Roy (123) helped England get over the line in the thriller. England recorded the 3rd highest successful ODI run chase.
Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Oshane Thomas
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood