Monday, June 28, 2004

Bdos: The way things ought to be!

NOTTINGHAM – Opener Chris Gayle hit an unbeaten 60 to lift the West Indies to a comfortable seven-wicket win over England in the international one-day cricket tri-series at Trent Bridge yesterday.

It was the first result in the series with New Zealand after the first two matches were washed out.

Gayle slammed nine fours in 90 balls as the visitors raced to their modest victory target of 148 off just 32.2 overs. The West Indies’ path to victory was set up by its seam attack, which bowled out England for 147 in 38.2 overs. Andrew Strauss topscored with 43, while wicketkeeper Geraint Jones hit 35 on debut in England’s lowest total in 15 one-dayers at the ground, undercutting 157 against Pakistan in 1987.

Allrounder Dwayne Bravo earned the man of the match award after collecting three for 26 off ten overs of testing medium pace. Left-armer Ian Bradshaw (2-32), Ravi Rampaul (2-34) and Jermaine Lawson (2-36) supported well.

Gayle and fellow left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 62 for the first wicket to give the West Indies chase a solid backbone. Both batsmen were dropped while in singles figures off Darren Gough in England’s below-par, all-round performance as the sun finally allowed an uninterrupted contest.
The West Indies dominated most of this contest, with Bradshaw removing both openers in the first three overs after England was sent in.


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