Amazing Gayle seals sensational win

LONDON, England -- West Indies captain Chris Gayle displayed his awesome power as the West Indies recorded a sensational victory by seven wickets over Australia in their opening match in the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 Tournament on Saturday.

Playing in front a large and supportive crowd at The Oval, Gayle blasted 88 with six sixes and six fours from just 50 balls as West Indies made 172-3 off 15.5 overs to easily knock off Australia’s 169-7 with 4.1 overs to spare.

Andre Fletcher proved an excellent opening partner for Gayle, scoring an equally brilliant 53 from 32 balls in an opening stand of 133 off just 11.3 overs. Earlier in the day, fast bowler Jerome Taylor (2-33) picked up two wickets in the first over to setback the Aussies, while Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Bravo also grabbed two wickets each.

The West Indies now lead Group C with two points. Their next match will be next Wednesday against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge. After Saturday’s stunning display Gayle said he was pleased with the overall team performance, and noted they were already looking ahead to the match against Sri Lanka.

“This was an excellent performance. This is a victory that feels really, really good. We set out our plans and we knew the areas we needed to be strong in and we knew exactly what we needed to do,” said Gayle, who was named Player of the Match. “When we left the field we felt 170 was gettable. I have to give credit to Andre Fletcher as he played really well and helped to take the pressure off me, so I could play my natural game.”

Gayle added: “We have the match against Sri Lanka coming up and we will be keeping our focus and looking ahead to that match. We have only just started, so we have to enjoy this win and look to win against Sri Lanka as well. As I said before, we are happy with today’s result… after the tough series against England we put back some smiles on the West Indies fans faces. But it is not over. This is the first game. There is still a long way to go.”