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ICC World T20 2014 warm-up match: Chris Gayle’s half-century guides West Indies to victory over England

Chris Gayle top-scored with xx © Getty Images (File pic)
Chris Gayle top-scored with 58 not out © Getty Images (File pic)

Mar 18, 2014

Chris Gayle‘s blitzkrieg  innings of 58 guided West Indies to victory over England by seven wickets in the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2014 warm-up match at Fatullah on Tuesday.

Gayle smashed six fours and two sixes in his 38 balls unbeaten innings. Lendl Simmons was unbeaten on 15. Simmons smashed a six and two fours en route to victory.

Dwayne Smith, who opened with Gayle, slammed four fours and two sixes before the latter was dismissed by James Tredwell.

Smith smashed two fours in the very first over of West Indies innings. In the next over, Gayle joined the party by smashing a boundary off Chris Jordan. Smith smashed a six off Tredwell in the third over. In the fourth over of West Indies innings, Bresnan went for 14 runs, as Gayle and Smith smashed a six each.

Just when it seemed that the duo would guide the team to victory, Smith was caught by Jade Dernbach off Tredwell’s bowling.

Jonathan Charles was the next man to come. He scored seven from 18 balls but in the 14th over of the match he was bowled by Ravi Bopara.

Senior and experienced cricketer Marlon Samuels didn’t last long, as he was dismissed for two runs by Stephan Parry.

Earlier, stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 43 to guide England to a safe total of 131 for the loss of seven wickets.

England won the toss and elected to bat against West Indies on Tuesday. Michael Lumb and Alex Hales opened the batting for England.

Lumb smashed three boundaries in the first over of the match, scoring 14 off six balls. However, on the last ball of the over Krishmar Santokie bowled him.

Moeen Ali joined Hales at the creasebut he couldn’t last long either. Ali scored 22, smashing four boundaries before he was dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell.

Hales was the next to go as he was caught leg before by Samuel Badree. Hales scored 25 off 12 balls, which consisted of only one boundary.

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Morgan then stood there, building up a 33-run partnership.

Buttler was going well before Andre Russell dismissed him. Buttler scored 22 runs off 20 balls.  Ravi Bopara was the next man in. Just when Bopara seemed to have settled down, he was removed by Cottrell in the 17th over.

Tim Bresnan didn’t last long as he was dismissed by Santokie for a duck. Jordan was the last batsman to be dismissed.

For West Indies, Santokie was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets from his four overs. Cottrell picked up two wickets.

Brief scores:

England 131 for 7 in 20 overs (Eoin Morgan 43*, Moeen Ali 22; Krishmar Santokie 3 for 24, Sheldon Cottrell 2 for 23) lost to West Indies 132 for 3 in 16.1 overs (Chris Gayle 58*, Dwayne Smith 36; James Tredwell 1 for 23) by 7 wickets.

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