Warriors inspired by Galye force innings
Chris Gayle launched an astonishing blitz to help the Retravision Warriors take control of their KFC t20 Big Bash game against the Queensland Bulls at the Gabba.
The big hitting West Indian smashed 92 from just 40 balls during an opening stand of 144 with Lian Davis, who at times was just a spectator as Gayle turned the game into a home run derby smashing 8 sixes into the crowd.
Having conceded 144 runs in just 13 overs the Bulls could have easily wilted away but to their credit they fought their way back onto the game restricting the Warriors to a total of just 202-4.
Having started off slowly Gayle lit the touch paper in the 5th over when he smashed Luke Feldman for two fours and a massive six which sailed into the top deck of the stand at long off.
With the ground buzzing Gayle followed up his fireworks with two more sixes off the bowling of Michael Neser in the next over before he completed a stunning 20 ball half century with another six, this time off the bowling of Ben Cutting.
In the space of 3 overs Gayle had taken the game away from the Bulls with a display of power hitting which had seen 48 runs scored from just 18 deliveries.
Gayle’s blitz continued as the ball was dispatched around the Gabba with ease much to the delight of the home crowd as the West Indian smashed boundary after boundary as he targeted a stunning century.
The Warriors opener had reached 92 in his quest before his innings was finally brought to an end after he attempted to smash Neser for another huge six, but for the first time tonight he miss timed his shot and got a faint edge which was caught by wicket keeper Chris Hartley.
With the danger man back in the dugout the Bulls still had another 7 overs to bowl and with the Warriors well positioned, a run chase of over 200 was still on the cards for the home side.
To their credit the Bulls struck again to remove Adam Voges (1) and Luke Pomersbach (4) in the space of 6 deliveries to leave the Warriors 150-3 with just over 5 overs to go.
Davis (53) remained at the crease to record his own half century but the opener quickly followed after he was run out in the 18th over as the Bulls fought their way back into the game.
Tom Beaton (21) and Luke Ronchi (22) added another 31 runs during their 5th wicket partnership but the Warriors will have been disappointed not to have scored more then 202-4 after Gayle’s stunning blitz.