Today’s second clash of the World T20, was a special one at Wankhede Stadium as West Indies were seen playing with 7 players above the age of 30, whereas in contrast, England didn’t have a single player in the 30s. Riding on the Gayle-storm West Indies routed England by 6 wickets on Tuesday.
Maintaining the winning momentum against England in World T20 history, West Indies registered their 4th straight win over the English. (4-0). Here are some turning points from the match through which match shifted from one side to another.
Brisk start by young England
Posting 81 runs in the first half of their innings, England appeared on top as Joe Root (29) and Alex Hales (27) strengthened the English. Even though Andre Russell fired to dismiss Jason Roy (15), English batsmen looked in no stress and cruised with a good tempo in first ten overs.
Rise of Root
As the first innings concluded, Joe Root came up as a star as he scored 48 runs off 36 balls. Lifting the crowd off their feet, the Yorkshire-born batsman hit 2 sixes and 3 fours. It was Andre Russell who dismissed Root in the 15th over, otherwise it seemed tough to halt England’s motion.
A shaky start for West Indies
West Indies faced an early blow in the first over itself as the Caribbean opener Johnson Charles fell for a duck. David Willey struck for England and gave the Windies what they never wanted in a chase of competitive 183 runs.
Samuels brings Steadiness
Devastating opener Chris Gayle hardly had the strike during the powerplay but Marlon Samuels (37) did his share of the scoring. Rotating the strike rapidly, Samuels was seen dealing with boundaries too (8 fours) and took the Windies to 50 runs in 5.2 overs.
Gayle goes gigantic
Turning the match in favour of West Indies, Chris Gayle struck an unbeaten knock of 100 runs. Gayle exploded again to mark his presence in T20 cricket. With an incredible strike rate of 208.33, the Jamaican batsman completed his 2nd T20I century off 48 balls. This was the 8th time when Gayle struck a T20 ton within 50 balls or less.