England team was sitting at a steep 182 run target comfortably until the Gayle storm hit the team and swept victory from right below their feet with 11 balls to spare. Chris Gayle scored the first 100 of the sixth World Twenty20 showing his prowess in the game, as the West Indies comfortably chased down England's modest total.
Fans at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai witnessed the frenzy of the tall left-handed opener who pummeled 100 off 48 balls after hitting 11 sixes and five fours and remained unbeaten. This was his second century in the T20 format.
Marlon Samuels (37) provided early lead, while Gayle took his time to settle down and the pair added 55 for the second wicket to lay down the foundation for a West Indies victory.
"It's as simple as he makes it look out there," West Indies coach Phil Simmons said of Gayle's knock. Adding that, “He practices hard, hits a lot of balls in the nets but he works it out just as he did it today".
England did get a great start when West Indies decided to bowl after winning the toss. They did make best of the opportunity with 48 runs from Joe Root helped England to 182-6, a high target to chase
However England captain Eoin Morgan could do little to stop the 36-year-old Gayle from winning the game. And his bowlers were unable to pause the swinging bat of one of the most intimidating players in the world.
"He certainly did what he does…he was outstanding today in conditions that probably favoured the bat more than the ball", said Morgan the England Captain.
Gayle is truly a phenomenon - he has the traits of two of sports most adept with a bat, cricket's Don Bradman and baseball's Babe Ruth - Both bat and ball games. No one hits the ball as superbly with technique in international cricket and it brings his team to one of the top contenders of the trophy.