Chris Gayle delighted to score century in front of home crowd

Chris Gayle scored a 100-ball 109 against Sri Lanka on Friday © Getty Images

Kingston: Jun 29, 2013

West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo said he had “sent a message” to Chris Gayle as he was making a mockery of the Sri Lankan attack, asking the opener to try and go for a bonus-point win in the first match of the Tri-nation One-Day International (ODI) series in Kingston.

Chasing 209, Gayle eventually did manage a bonus-point six-wicket win as he smashed a 100-ball 109 to lead his team to victory with as many as 73 balls to spare at the Sabina Park.

“In the 29th over, we sent a message to Chris to try and win it with a bonus point,” Bravo said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Friday.

He further added, “Winning the first game is always important. It was important to rotate the bowlers on a flat wicket. We kept taking wickets and stifling their innings.”

Opting to field, West Indies rode on Sunil Narine’s four for 40 to bowl out Sri Lanka for a modest total despite skipper Angelo Mathews‘ battling, unbeaten half-century.

“Narine is our mystery bowler, happy to have him,” Bravo said.

Man-of-the-Match Gayle was happy to have got the runs in front of his home crowd.

“(It’s) been a while having got a century, really good to get it in front of the home crowd,” Gayle said.

“We restricted them well on a good batting wicket, we utilised the conditions well in the morning. The opening partnership was vital.

“Coming from England and getting a century was a good thing for me. I am home, you know the conditions well,” he added.

Mathews felt his team could never get going after losing the toss.

“[It was an] important toss, it was two paced, holding up a bit, it got easier, but a special hundred by a special person.”

“We had to adapt to the wicket but we lost wickets and could not get going, Mahela [Jaywardene] batted brilliantly but he had no partners. We thought we had a chance, the wicket was two paced but it flattened out.”

“When Gayle gets going, no attack is enough and no ground big enough,” Mathews said.