Chris Gayle was a gem to watch and the undisputed star of the match © AFP
Chris Gayle was a gem to watch and the undisputed star of the match © AFP

With the ongoing ICC World T20 2016 already reaching new heights with just days into the tournament, it saw another thrilling day that included an interesting contest between two former champions —West Indies and England, in the Super 10 stage of Group 1, in Match 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, as West Indies put up a stellar show to tame England by six wickets, which ensured that the audience were thorougly entertained. The match produced a number of highlights, as Ayush Gupta takes his time out to bring you the highlights of the match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs West Indies, Match No.15, ICC World T20 2016 at Mumbai

Joe Root’s crucial 48: Although England were in a good position, Joe Root just made it better with a crucial knock of 48, that allowed West Indies to post the challenging total of 182 for six, on a rare green track of Mumbai. Although the score was still not enough to stop the Windies, it was crucial in ensuring that England put a competitive total on the board. His knock came off 36 deliveries, which included three boundaries and a couple of sixes.

Alex Hales-Joe Root’s important stand of 55 runs: With Root firing, it was opener Alex Hales, on the other hand, who made sure that he contributed with the bat as far as possible, and made sure he offered support to Root, who was playing a vital knock. Their partnership included 13 for Hales and 38 from Root, as it was this pair, which formed the pillar of the English innings, thus propelling them to the challenging total. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: England vs West Indies, Match No.15, ICC World T20 2016 at Mumbai

Chris Gayle’s blistering century: The West Indian powerhouse, Chris Gayle, had his day on the field and was a pleasure to watch, as he played his explosive natural game, for which he is world famous. He struck a blistering 100 that came off just 48 deliveries, including five boundaries and 11 mammoth sixes, along with a strike rate of 208. He also broke a couple of records, becoming the first batsman to hit 50 sixes in the tournament overall, hitting most sixes in the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), scoring most 50s and surpassing New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum on both the occasions. Indeed, he was a gem to watch and the undisputed star of the match.

Chris Gayle-Marlon Samuels healthy partnership of 55: Initially West Indies were off to a shaky start, but it was the partnership between Gayle and veteran Marlon Samuels of 55 runs for the second wicket, that allowed the Windies to settle down and go ahead with the mammoth chase. The partnership included contributions of 37 form Samuels and 15 from Gayle, which was crucial as West Indies had lost an early wicket.

Chris Gayle-Andre Russell’s match-winning stand of 70: Last, but not the least, it was the match-winning stand between Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell that wrote the final chapter of West Indies’ innings, as both the batsmen put up a splendid 70-run stand for the fifth wicket, with contributions of 44 from Gayle, and 16 from Russell, therefore allowing West Indies to chase the total down with ease.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)