<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Chris Gayle delighted to score century in front of home crowd" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130629082709.jpg" title="Chris Gayle delighted to score century in front of home crowd" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Chris Gayle scored a 100-ball 109 against Sri Lanka on Friday © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Kingston: Jun 29, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> West Indies skipper <a href="/tags/Dwayne-Bravo/post" target="_blank">Dwayne Bravo</a> said he had "sent a message" to <a href="/tags/Chris-Gayle/post" target="_blank">Chris Gayle</a> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> "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.<br /> <br /> 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."<br /> <br /> Opting to field, West Indies rode on Sunil Narine's four for 40 to bowl out Sri Lanka for a modest total despite skipper <a href="/tags/Angelo-Mathews/post" target="_blank">Angelo Mathews</a>' battling, unbeaten half-century.<br /> <br /> "Narine is our mystery bowler, happy to have him," Bravo said.<br /> <br /> Man-of-the-Match Gayle was happy to have got the runs in front of his home crowd.<br /> <br /> "(It's) been a while having got a century, really good to get it in front of the home crowd," Gayle said.<br /> <br /> "We restricted them well on a good batting wicket, we utilised the conditions well in the morning. The opening partnership was vital.<br /> <br /> "Coming from <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> and getting a century was a good thing for me. I am home, you know the conditions well," he added.<br /> <br /> Mathews felt his team could never get going after losing the toss.<br /> <br /> "[It was an] important toss, it was two paced, holding up a bit, it got easier, but a special hundred by a special person."<br /> <br /> "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."<br /> <br /> "When Gayle gets going, no attack is enough and no ground big enough," Mathews said.