Chris Gayle hammered 100 off 47 balls as West Indies raced to a comfortable six-wicket victory over England in the World T20 on Wednesday.
In doing so Gayle, whose hundred is the fastest at a T20 World Cup, became the first player to score two hundreds at a World T20 tournament. His first came against South Africa at the first T20 event in 2007.
Gayle struck a record 11 sixes and five fours for a strike-rate of over 200. A superstar of the format, most team don’t stand a chance when Gayle is in this kind of mood as England felt the full wrath of his big hitting.
Especially when they could only manage a par score of 182-6 despite looking at one stage of getting closer to 200.
Joe Root top-scored with 48 off 36 as all the batsmen got starts but no one kicked on to propel England to 200-plus.
West Indies suffered a early setback when Johnson Charles went for a duck off the second ball of the innings, but once Gayle got going the asking rate was never a problem and in the end they got to 183 comfortably for the loss of just four wickets and 11 balls to spare.
England play South Africa on Friday.