Chris Gayle put on a record-breaking display to lead the West Indies to a six-wicket win over England in the Caribbean side’s opener of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.
England set a total of 183 for the Windies, which seemed like it might be a daunting task at first when opener Johnson Charles was out for a duck.
Gayle, however, found his rhythm and finished with an unbeaten 100 off 16 boundaries, including 11 sixes and five fours. Those 11 sixes are a World T20 record, with Gayle actually breaking his own record set in 1007.
His century off 47 balls was the fastest ton in World T20 history and the third-fastest overall.
Afterward, Windies coach Phil Simmons said he was impressed by several aspects of the game and not just Gayle’s outburst.
“You think it’s a big statement but there’s more to come,” Simmons said. “It was good to see the way how we played. Even from the start, I think 180 is a par score for this ground and we tried to make sure they didn’t go much past that and I was happy to see how things went in the field, too. I think the batting will take care of itself but what we do in the field is going to make us during this tournament.”