Rampaging Galye and Charles lead from the front
Quick fire half centuries from openers Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle helped the West Indies record a total of 179-5 against England at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Charles led the way blasting 84 runs from 56 balls which included ten boundaries and three sixes as England’s bowlers were dispatched with little regard around the ground much to the delight of the fans which had stayed inside the ground after Sri Lanka’s Super Over victory.
Gayle (58) provided the fireworks early as he smashed Samit Patel for three sixes during the 8th over during an opening stand of 103 with Charles which was ended by Graeme Sawnn thanks to a catch by Steve Finn out on the boundary.
Having dropped Charles from the previous ball, Finn held his nerve to keep hold onto the catch but in some ways the damage had already been done as Charles went on to become the linchpin of the West Indies innings.
With the runs flowing England slowly worked their way back onto the game by removing Gayle and Charles before working their way through the West Indies middle order which failed to fire after the earlier fireworks.