Gayle Force in Mumbai
MUMBAI, India (AP):
Chris Gayle hit the fastest century in World Twenty20 cricket as West Indies thumped England by six wickets in their Group 1 match yesterday.
Gayle, who completed his century off 47 balls, remained unbeaten on 100 off 48 balls with five fours and 11 towering sixes to better his own record of a 50-ball hundred in the 2007 tournament in South Africa.
Marlon Samuels set the tone by hitting eight fours in his 37 before Gayle's brutal hitting took West Indies to 183-4 in 18.1 overs in reply to what earlier appeared to be a competitive England total of 182-6.
England seamers found it difficult to control the wet ball because of dew at the Wankhede Stadium as Gayle completed his half-century off 27 balls, smashing three fours and five sixes.
"The dew played a part as well," Gayle said. "After facing the first over, I took a while to get back on strike, but Marlon helped ease the pressure."
The left-hander required only another 20 deliveries to complete his century and smashed six more sixes and two boundaries that included three straight successive sixes off off-spinner Moeen Ali.
Earlier, Joe Root top-scored with 48 off 36 balls with three fours and a six after England were put in to bat. Root featured in a productive 55-run second wicket stand with Alex Hales, who made 28.
AndrE Russell took 2-36 while Dwayne Bravo gave away 17 runs in the last over to finish with 2-41.