Published: Fri, February 22, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chris Gayle batters England with insane record-breaking century

Chris Gayle batters England with insane record-breaking century

The day began with Chris Gayle showing the world that he still has it in him to play the big knocks.

The ´man of the series´ with 18 wickets as the West Indies surprised England 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy in the preceding Test duel, Roach has been ruled out of the entire ODI series due to early signs of what could develop into a stress fracture of the lower back.

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.

Windies managed a total of 23 sixes on the day while posting 360 on the board, which is now the most by a side in an ODI innings.

While Roy was at his brutal best, notching up his hundred off 65 balls, Root was the accumulator. He hit another six in the same over and was dropped in the next by debutant Nicholas Pooran off Devendra Bishoo before surviving a stumping chance in an eventful passage of play.


It fell to Ben Stokes to see off the veteran, but not until the 47th over, the England all-rounder finishing with 3-37.

Asked to chase a venue record 361, world number one England hardly broke a sweat as they reached their target in the penultimate over with eight balls to spare, to carve out a piece of history at the storied Kensington Oval - with what was also the third-highest successful run chase in history. Gayle brought up his 24th ODI ton and set the ground on fire with his big-hitting prowess. 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 worldwide cricket.

On the very next ball, Gayle - who had picked up his strike rate significantly - moved to 49 with a towering 111-metre six off Moeen.

West Indies may look to tweak their bowling line-up after they proved ineffective against the English batsmen with all five of their frontline bowlers going for at least 63 runs with Fabian Allen one option to take some pace off the ball.

Hope's impressive 64 off 65 ended when he top edged a ball from Stokes - who finished as the pick of the England bowlers - to Adil Rashid at third man. Hope had put on a 131-run partnerhship with Gayle off as many balls. The showman had returned.

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