World records fall as Gayle goes berserk

Chris Gayle marked his return to Windies colours by scoring 135 from 129 balls as the hosts set England 361 to win the first ODI in Barbados.

The 39-year-old, who skipped his side's ODIs in India and Bangladesh before Christmas, was dropped on nine by Jason Roy and made England pay as he completed a 100-ball ton - his 24th in the format - celebrating the milestone by taking off his helmet and balancing it on his bat handle.

Gayle started slowly and scored just 26 from his first 54 deliveries but then accelerated, muscling 12 sixes in total, many of them humungous, as he hit his third ODI ton against England. The left-hander was dropped again on 124, by Chris Woakes, before chopping Ben Stokes onto his stumps.

The Jamaican, who announced on Monday that he will retire from ODI cricket after this summer's World Cup in England, shared a stand of 131 with Shai Hope (64) for the second wicket, Hope passing fifty for the third straight game after back-to-back tons in Bangladesh in December.

Gayle's astonishing 12 sixes saw him break the record for most sixes by a single West Indian in an ODI match, while his side smacked 23 balls over the ropes in their 50 overs to create a new world record. It's the most sixes ever hit by a team in a single innings in an ODI.

There was no stopping the “Universe Boss”.
There was no stopping the “Universe Boss”.

Gayle's freakish display of power hitting against England also saw him become the first ever player to crack 100 international sixes against one opponent across all three formats.

The left-hander now also boasts the record for most sixes in international cricket by any player.

Stokes (3/37) was the pick of the England attack, while Adil Rashid, not deployed until the 34th over, picked up 3/74. Ashley Nurse (25no off nine balls) took the Windies to the landmark of 23 sixes by walloping Rashid over long-on from the final ball of the innings.

Darren Bravo (40 off 30) also contributed for the hosts, smoking his first ball for six and blasting four maximums in total as he bossed a 64-run stand with Gayle for the fourth wicket, Gayle having put on 60 with Shimron Hetmyer (20) for the third at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

Moeen Ali had a chastening day with the ball, going for 85 runs from his 10 overs, including four sixes in one over, as Gayle and Bravo thumped two each.

This article first appeared on Sky Sports and was reproduced with permission

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