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Gayle force Windies opener smashes 100th T20i six
Gayle force Windies opener smashes 100th T20i six
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17 September, 2017

Gayle's 21-ball innings, featuring three fours and four sixes ended when, after guiding Plunkett to backward point, he was run out as he ambled for a single.

Alex Hales ensured England got off to a fine start in their reply, hitting 43 off just 17 balls as he looks to stake a claim for the Ashes, but Windies took regular wickets and showed the form which enabled them to become World T20 champions past year.

"Adil and Liam got us back in the game, but with the bat our skill level wasn't there".

Rovman Powell scored 28 in a useful cameo before he was caught off the bowling of Tom Curran, Jerome Taylor (1) fell to Chris Jordan and Ashley Nurse finished unbeaten on 13 as the tourists set England 177 to win.

However, the Windies can now ill afford to lose any of the contests against England, leaving them with little margin of error.

After Gayle was run out in the seventh over, failing to beat Jason Roy's throw from square leg to bowler Liam Plunkett in the seventh over, the rest of the innings lacked the same intensity and momentum.

Lewis, the heir to Gayle's throne as Windies' most explosive player, reached his fifty shortly after his partner had been dismissed.

The Trinidadian, however, was out soon afterwards when he drove Plunkett to Root at mid-off.

England have, of course, been vastly improved in this sphere and lie second in the ICC World Rankings but have still only won half of their T20 games in the current calendar year (three from six) and in 2016 (five from 10); figures which again suggest they are not worth supporting at 4/6. Chadwick Walton was caught on the leg-side boundary, Brathwaite was bowled round his legs attempting to sweep nd Sunil Narine was pinned plumb LBW.

Today's match is scheduled to start at 11 pm IST (17:30 GMT) while the toss will happen 30 minutes before the start time. "I couldn't really disagree with them too much but hopefully we can go into England with some confidence".

Morgan insisted England had put their Kolkata hurt behind them, with Stokes and Brathwaite having played a one-day worldwide against each other since their most famous encounter.


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