Saturday, March 28, 2009


West Indies captain Chris Gayle smashed an impressive 80 runs from 43 balls on their way to an eight-wicket win in the third one-day international against England here on Friday.West Indies now lead the five-match series 2-1.England were humiliatingly bowled out for just 117 off 41.3 overs with Dimitri Mascarenhas top scoring for England with 36.An audacious and skilfull innings by Gayle, including eight sixes, completely devastated England, who only bowled 14.4 of their 44 allotted overs, calculated on the Duckworth-Lewis system.Gayle told Sky Sports afterwards: "It was a brilliant knock but to give the groundsman credit it was a good wicket to bat on. It was a good innings and I'm very happy. It was just one of those innings.

"I was happy to get the win and I just want to say each and everyone played well today. I do not want to single out players. We all played a good game of cricket today."England skipper Andrew Strauss said afterwards: "I think all the guys sitting in the dressing room were embarrassed by the way they played today. There were very few positives to come out of it. But I'm not going to make any excuses. It was not good enough."We feel pretty down but we'll just have to take it on the chin. We'll have to come back on Sunday to prove a point."

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