Chris Gayle struck a blistering 100 © AFP (File Photo)
Chris Gayle struck a blistering 100 © AFP (File Photo)

West Indies powerhouse and hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle struck a blistering 100, as he steered West Indies to a triumphant six-wicket win over former champions England, in Match 15 of Super 10 round of the ongoing ICC World T20 2016 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Earlier, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bowl first, and scored a challenging total of 182 for the loss of six wickets, courtesy of Joe Root’s 48, as he went in with a couple of spinners in the side, thus leaving out Jason Holder, while England skipper Eoin Morgan went ahead with David Willey, instead of Liam Plunkett. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs West Indies, Match No.15, ICC World T20 2016 at Mumbai

West Indies began the chase on a shaky note, as they lost the opening wicket of Johnson Charles for an unfortunate duck in the opening over off David Willey, after being caught by Moeen Ali. However, it followed a healthy 55-run stand for the second wicket between Gayle and Marlon Samuels, before Samuels fell for 37 to Adil Rashid, after being caught by Willey, as the score read 57 for the loss of two in the seventh over. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: England vs West Indies, Match No.15, ICC World T20 2016 at Mumbai

The next pair of Gayle and wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin added 46-more runs for the third wicket, before Ramdin fell for mere 12 to Ali, after being caught by Adil Rashid in the 12th over. Meanwhile, Gayle also hit the 50th six of the tournament overall, becoming the first man to do so. It was followed by a brief 10-run stand between Dwayne Bravo and Gayle, before Bravo fell for a mere couple to Reece Topley, after being caught by Alex Hales in the 13th over, as the score read 113 for the loss of four.

However, it was the pair of Gayle along with Andre Russell, that added the remaining winning runs to see West Indies home comfortably. Gayle eventually scored his second T20I ton, and also hit most sixes, along with scoring the most 50s in the format as well.

Brief scores:

England 182 for 6 in 20 Overs (Joe Root 48, JosButtler 30; Andre Russell 2 for 36, Dwayne Bravo 2 for 41) vs West Indies 183 for 4 in 18.1 overs (Chris Gayle 100, Marlon Smuels 38*; Adil Rashid 1 for 20) by 6 wickets.

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(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)