Gayle unleashes fury on Indian bowlers
West Indies skipper Chris Gayle was at his belligerent best smashing a wonderful half century to help the hosts set India a victory target of 170.
Having scored the first ever Twenty20 International century; Gayle missed out on the chance of becoming the first man to score two centuries after he was dismissed in the final over.
Gayle hit a superb 97 from just 66 balls which included 5 fours and 7 sixes as the skipper bounced back after a disappointing game against Sri Lanka.
The highlight of his innings was a monstrous six off the bowling off Yusuf Pathan which sailed over the top of the Worrell, Weeks and Walcott Stand much to the delight of a packed Kensington Oval.
Gayle shared a first wicket partnership of 80 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul who scored 23 as the pair got the West Indies off to a positive start.
With both teams needing a victory to stay in the hunt for a place in the semi finals; India didn’t help their cause with some very ordinary fielding including two vital dropped catches as Chanderpaul led a charmed life.
The opener was dropped by Ravinder Jadeja in the 7th over before MS Dhoni and Pathan bumped into each other as they both went for the same catch in the 11th over as India were starting to feel the pressure off Gayle’s blitz.
Although Chanderpaul was finally caught by Dhoni a few balls after his mix up with Pathan; Gayle carried on regardless supported by Darren Sammy who enjoyed a cameo innings of 19 before he was dismissed by Jadeja.
With two wickets down Kieron Pollard came to the crease and he wasted little time getting under way by flicking a low full toss from Jadeja into the stands to score a six from only his second delivery at the crease.
His partnership with Gayle lasted only 20 balls but the pair added 41 valuable runs to the West Indies total before he was dismissed for 17 by Zaheer Khan at the end of the 18th over to leave the West Indies 160-3.
After suffering a torrid time in the field India struck back in the last over picking up the wickets of Dwayne Bravo (1), Ramnaraesh Sarwan (0) and Gayle as Ashish Nehra conceded only 6 runs to leave the West Indies 169-6.