West Indies Beats England in ICC WorldCup opener

182 looked to be a competitive total but England’s batting was shown up there by Gayle and, to a lesser extent, Samuels and Russell. They were probably 15-20 runs short in the end and, on reflection, didn’t hit enough boundaries especially given Gayle slowed up when near his hundred. The bowling too, showed up its now-familiar deficiencies: 10 wides is far too many to concede and really does make life easy for someone like Gayle.

What a batting performance that was from the big man though. Eleven sixes is a new World T2o record, beating his own 10. He’s also the first player to hit two hundreds in the competition. The amazing thing is how unsurprising such a performance is from him: like the very best sportsmen, the extraordinary has become the norm and you’d have been disappointed if he hadn’t done something this special in the torurnament.

Next-Up…
The 21st match of the tournament will be played between Sri Lanka and West Indies. The Sri Lankans are the defending champions of the tournament this time and will be looking to make it tough for the team. Not only the Lankans have a better team on paper but the conditions are also similar to their home and hence it will be playing a great role for them in the tournament. The match is to be played on 20th March in Chinnaswamy cricket stadium of Bangalore. The match is an evening match and will be starting at 19:30 IST.



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