Chris Gayle powers West Indies to 6-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Jun 29 2013, 10:12 IST
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Chris Gayle raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century during the tri-series match against Sri Lanka in Kingston, Jamaica. (AP) Chris Gayle raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century during the tri-series match against Sri Lanka in Kingston, Jamaica. (AP)
SummaryGayle blasted nine fours and seven sixes in posting his 21st one-day century.

Experienced opener Chris Gayle slammed 109 off 100 balls Friday as West Indies romped to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the opening one-day cricket international in the tri-nation Celkon Mobile Cup at Sabina Park.

The 33-year-old Gayle blasted nine fours and seven sixes in posting his 21st one-day century as the hosts successfully chased down Sri Lanka's modest total of 208 all out off 48.3 overs.

West Indies finished on 209-4 off 37.5 overs, ensuring they earned a bonus point in the tri-nation event that also includes India.

Gayle and Johnson Charles laid the platform for victory with an opening stand of 115 in 20.2 overs. Charles chipped in with 29.

Earlier, ace spinner Sunil Narine grabbed 4-40 and fast bowler Ravi Rampaul took 3-38 to restrict the visitors to a below-par total on a true surface.

Captain Angelo Mathews top-scored with an unbeaten 55 for the visitors, while veteran Mahela Jayawardene chipped in with 52.

West Indies, which won the toss, fought back well after an opening stand of 62 in 13 overs between Jayawardene and left-hander Upul Tharanga.

Captain Dwayne Bravo made the initial breakthrough by claiming Tharanga for 25 to an edge through to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin.

West Indies stifled the Sri Lankans after that through Narine, the miserly Darren Sammy (10-0-34-0) and Rampaul.

The long-serving pair of Jayawardene and Sangakkara were both prized out by Narine, the world's No. 1-ranked bowler.

Jayawardene struck seven fours in a run-a-ball 52 before he tried to tuck to leg and spooned a catch off bat and pad for Ramdin to collect in the leg side.

Sangakkara (17) followed at 104-3, the left-hander lofting a drive straight to Kieron Pollard at extra cover.

When part-time off-spinner Marlon Samuels grabbed the scalp of vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal (21), who chipped to midwicket, the visitors were 140-4 in the 32nd over and never fully recovered.

Mathews fought a lone hand as no other batsman reached double figures.

Fast bowler Rampaul ripped through the late middle order in the batting powerplay, removing Lahiru Thirimanne and Nuwan Kulasekara cheaply.

Thirimanne lofted a slower ball to long-off while Kulasekara top-edged to deep backward square leg.

Narine claimed Jeevan Mendis and Rampaul added the wicket of Rangana Herath before the Sri Lankans limped past 200.

Narine claimed his fourth wicket with a doosra to have Lasith Malinga lbw and Bravo wrapped up the innings by having last man Ajantha Mendis caught at slip.

Mathews remained not out after hitting five fours off 77

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