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  England upstage Gayle


EZRA STUART

  England upstage Gayle

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CHRIS GAYLE’s six-hitting spree was in vain as the West Indies spilled a golden chance to beat world No.1 ranked England in a high-scoring day-night match before a capacity crowd at Kensington Oval, yesterday. 

With the West Indies flooring as many as five catches, England, propelled by centuries from opener Jason Roy and Joe Root, achieved their highest ever run-chase to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match Colonial Medical Insurance One-Day International series.

Gayle smashed 12 sixes and three fours in making 135 off 129 balls, his 24th ODI ton, while the West Indies hit a world record 23 sixes in posting 360 for eight off 50 overs.

But that total wasn’t enough as England, led by a brisk seventh century from opener Roy, sped to 364 for four off 48.4 overs to winwith eight balls to spare.

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