Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, BBL, Sydney December 23, 2011

Whirlwind Gayle ton downs Strikers

Alex Malcolm
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Sydney Thunder 156 for 4 (Gayle 100*) beat Adelaide Strikers 155 for 8 (Botha 41, Abbott 2-20) by six wickets
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The 11,337 people who showed up at the ANZ Stadium tonight in western Sydney were treated to the Chris Gayle Show. In a brutal display of power hitting, Gayle clubbed an unbeaten 100 off 54 balls to help Sydney Thunder chase down 156 against Adelaide Strikers. The West Indian smashed three fours and 11 sixes, breaking his own record for the number of sixes hit in an Australian domestic T20 innings.

In reality the match was a tough sell. The Strikers travelled without their biggest star Kieron Pollard, out of the tournament with a hamstring injury, while the Thunder's captain and first match centurion, David Warner, is away on national duty.

The Strikers did cause some concerns though. Gayle faced just six deliveries between the 12th and 16th overs. The Strikers removed Ben Dunk for 8 when he holed out needlessly off Johan Botha with 59 needed from 45 balls. Craig Philipson then faced eight deliveries for just two runs, seven of them consecutively. Such was the demand for Gayle, that Philipson was booed by his own crowd when he could not get off the strike.

Eventually, Philipson was bowled by Aaron O'Brien, the left-arm orthodox spinner, who took 3 for 26 in an impressive spell. But the 15th over was O'Brien's last.

By the conclusion of the 16th over, Strikers captain Michael Klinger had a problem. Both O'Brien and Kane Richardson were bowled out, whilst Botha and Alfonso Thomas each had only one over left. Klinger's fifth bowler, Bryce McGain had conceded 21 in two earlier overs with Gayle smashing him into the stands three times.

Klinger instead gambled with the very part-time offspin of Cameron Borgas and Gayle made him pay. He smashed three consecutive sixes, one which travelled 105m, to take the required run-rate from nine-an-over down to five, and the victory was a mere formality from there. Klinger looked helpless, probably wishing he could have placed fielders in the stands.

All that was left was for Gayle to bring up his first Twenty20 hundred in Australia, and his sixth in the format worldwide.

Given Gayle's performance it was unlikely that any target the Strikers set would have been defendable, however, 155 was never going to be enough.

Adelaide slumped to 4 for 52 in the ninth over and never really recovered. A brief salvage effort was mounted by Botha (41) and Borgas (24) so help steer the Strikers to a middling total. But they struggled to conquer a versatile Thunder attack. Teenager Sean Abbott was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 20 while Fidel Edwards generated good pace collecting 2 for 35.

In the end though, the night was all about one man.

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  • on December 26, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Gayle Is Just The Best,Im so sorry i cant get to look @ these matches :(

  • Mattyblackcapsfan on December 26, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    @venki67 gayle is not winning games 4 australia hes playing 4 the sydney thunder u idiot,thats wat he does hes a globetrotting t20 player and hes awesome to watch,go the thunder

  • on December 25, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Without any doubt Gayle has improved as a batter over the past 3 yrs. Let's c if Santa has brought him a new attitude.

  • on December 25, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    This is such a shame to see Gayle playing the way he is and the Westindies are struggling to win a single match. Such is the plight of Westindies at the moment, that drawing a test and winning a single match out of 5 seems okay to them

  • vak1997 on December 25, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    WICB are helping other cricketing nations by not picking up gayle. at least they should allow him to play for other nation so that his talent will not go in vain... its very disappointing for all the gayle fans like me to watch him off-field.

  • on December 25, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    @Johnathan Vidal - no explanation needed there m8 ! bad captaincy and bad coaching= unhappy campers!

  • nafzak on December 24, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    WICB should apologise to Chris Gayle.

  • philibert on December 24, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Some of you guys talking about chris gayle dont preform for WI but its hard to perform when there is so much pressure on him. Is game have being improving over the last 3 years as well, check the stats, is test average is over 55. If the other guy were preforming as well they would have been wining more matches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 24, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    New Year soon, I wish the WIBC and Gayle could solve their differences and move on for the sake of West Indies cricket and for the fans like me. Please people behave like adults. It is not about Gayle or WIBC it is about cricket. Can we at least have a better team in 2012 with those who can deliver.

  • on December 24, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Will someone explain to me why WI did not win the last WC? Chris was in the side

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Gayle Is Just The Best,Im so sorry i cant get to look @ these matches :(

  • Mattyblackcapsfan on December 26, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    @venki67 gayle is not winning games 4 australia hes playing 4 the sydney thunder u idiot,thats wat he does hes a globetrotting t20 player and hes awesome to watch,go the thunder

  • on December 25, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Without any doubt Gayle has improved as a batter over the past 3 yrs. Let's c if Santa has brought him a new attitude.

  • on December 25, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    This is such a shame to see Gayle playing the way he is and the Westindies are struggling to win a single match. Such is the plight of Westindies at the moment, that drawing a test and winning a single match out of 5 seems okay to them

  • vak1997 on December 25, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    WICB are helping other cricketing nations by not picking up gayle. at least they should allow him to play for other nation so that his talent will not go in vain... its very disappointing for all the gayle fans like me to watch him off-field.

  • on December 25, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    @Johnathan Vidal - no explanation needed there m8 ! bad captaincy and bad coaching= unhappy campers!

  • nafzak on December 24, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    WICB should apologise to Chris Gayle.

  • philibert on December 24, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Some of you guys talking about chris gayle dont preform for WI but its hard to perform when there is so much pressure on him. Is game have being improving over the last 3 years as well, check the stats, is test average is over 55. If the other guy were preforming as well they would have been wining more matches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 24, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    New Year soon, I wish the WIBC and Gayle could solve their differences and move on for the sake of West Indies cricket and for the fans like me. Please people behave like adults. It is not about Gayle or WIBC it is about cricket. Can we at least have a better team in 2012 with those who can deliver.

  • on December 24, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Will someone explain to me why WI did not win the last WC? Chris was in the side

  • on December 24, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    llw5682... i am really finding it difficult to stomach your reasoning. WI have been losing with Gayle in the team though he has been performing, so your logic is that they can do without him or, that it will make no difference if he returns? Mate, what the team needs is other players to support the great ones thereby strengthening the entire team. They now have very good supporting players and another potential great in Bravo. The team can only improve with Gayle's presence and even if it didn't, at least the spectators can be satisfied with paying their money for entertainment.

  • Venki67 on December 24, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    What a pity. Here is a west indian guy singlehandedly winning a match in Australia for Australia where their own players have struggled in the match. But he is not finding a place in West Indian team who are fielding a pathetic team.

  • on December 24, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Congratulations to Chris Gayle, most hundreds by a single player in 20/20's. Thumbs down to WICB.

  • on December 24, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Well its not just about Gayle scoring runs and he is not interested in playing for West Indies John duch but he is the best at the moment in the caribbean and his record speaks for himself and we need him in the west indies team.Why is nobody calling for all the heads to roll now as compare to years before when the coach and captain was not doing their job and they were sacked and replaced .We need to fire Gibson ,Sammy and every executives of this current board as they are all no good and we are wasting our money to pay these guys whose performance is very poor.Soon the stands will all be empty because people are fed up with all this nonsense .We need to have this problem with Gayle solved now but these jackasses no better how to even move foward with their own life much less West Indies cricket so i call on all loyal West Indies cricket supporter to stand up and let your voice be heard.We need a new board ,coach and captain with people who have a heart for West Indies cricket.

  • on December 24, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    thegrownup. Are you able at this time to provide data that shows that "most knowledgeable cricketing fans agree it's due to the inconsistency and unprofessional behavior of the WICB". If not then you are just giving your opinion just as I am doing. I am wondering by the way, Gayle needed a WICB NO Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in the IPL and the WICB agreed to give it to him clearing the way for him to play. Without this NOC he would not have been able to participate. Wonder why they gave it to him if they were trying to personally vilify him?? Hmmmmm. We'll get back to that one some other time. I am no WICB. No one in the Caribbean is but I am a perennial "paying" customer of WI cricket and I would pay extra to see Gayle on our team. Hope you do the same every year.

  • llw5682 on December 24, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    guys, gayle has been on the windies since the late 90's. gayle being in the team didn't change the outcome. we were still quite poor with him. yes he was entertaining from time to time but so what. winning is what counts. from what ottis gibson has said in the past, the implication is that gayle is a "cancer" in the west indies team. with gayle present, we lose...without him, we still lose. at least the team these days, under sammy (as mediocre as he is as a player) is showing some signs of unity, toughness and determination in the games win or lose; we hadn't seen this in YEARS!! now when we actually score, there isn't a reliance on one single player.

    the current team without gayle might not have a lot of talent, but with time, they'll gradually improve and win some games; one or two of them might just carve out a respectable international career when they're done (darren bravo, simmons,barath,bishoo). i think in the long run, we're better off without gayle.

  • philibert on December 24, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    Gayle is the most aggresive batman of all time

  • RandyOZ on December 24, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Such a shame Gayle isn't playing international cricket. Brilliant striker of the ball.

  • Silloh on December 24, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    West Indies Cricket Board has made a good decision by leaving Gayle out. At least WI fans and by extension the rest of the world are getting an opportunity to see the powerful man in action and certainly have great entertainment. Gayle looks a different figure,is happy and so are his real fans. Leave the man alone because he ain't coming back ...nuff respect. May be Bravo and Pollard will return because they are not in Gayle's class.

  • TheKnowledge on December 24, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    I remember when gayle went 4 years without a hundred, when he was in the team we lost, when hes not there, same result, not missing anything, apart from an egotistical narcissist and you miss those as much as you miss a toothache, cant wait till the next 5 years fly by and i dont have to hear anything about chris gayle.

  • Mikecricket on December 24, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Gayle is so strong in his shots that he gets the ball over the rope even though he doesnt get the middle out of the bat, good innings though by Gayle if he got out for a bad score the Thunder would have been in some trouble to win the match.

  • on December 24, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    It really makes you wonder about the W I C B if all the really good players refuse to show up for the team. Granted the money in WI is poor whereas the cricket calendar is so crowded that star players can travel from one tournament to another and make a motza. However a lil bit of humble pie on the WICB and surely a deal could be made that for the large money tours like Australia, England and India. These stars could be paid above the ordinary players. Make concessions even on times of arrival if you must, but get them playing for WI. I'm sure the television companies in India, Aus and UK would only be too happy to chip in with some money to help pay these stars as if they aren't there then their ratings drop significantly. But No, the numbats in the WICB make excuse after excuse. Can you imagine the stink in India if Tendulkar, Dravid, Zaheer and Verindar refused to play for India because the money just wasn't good enough and some bitterness between them and the BCCI.

  • Mel-waas on December 23, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    Go Gayle.... West Indian cricket board time to wake up

  • on December 23, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Not a T20 fan, but.... I look fwd to the day when Gayle & Warner tear an attack apart in tandem, 300 would look VERY do-able! == == == Abbott is coming along nicely (albeit not as quickly as a certain other NSW teenager)!

  • zshanto on December 23, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Gayle is a master blaster batsman and a classic cricketer .no doubt about it . He is getting better day after but furtunatly west indies selection board and chinaman Gibson coach can't feel it , see it or realize it . So sad man . A talent batsman is westing his time and energy for domestic league for travel countries . Which he was suppose to be surve for his own nation . West indies cricket team need a service like that & a player like him in the main side . This is enough man . Gibson has tried in many way to set one man who can represent like gayle in the national side . Result is continuous disappointed against India tour to west Indies , Pakistan tour to west indies , away your to India . We can most of the game was close and other player made their effort but result was negative not due to them , due to cricket star was missing in the national side . Poor west indies due to gayle and bravo is missing in the side and

  • Technical-1 on December 23, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    GAYLE FOR WEST INDIES PRESIDENT. WE NEED A GREAT CRICKETER AT THE HELM.

  • on December 23, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    This is such a conundrum -- my American friends thinks this is akin to not having Michael Jordan (one of the greatest player of our time) playing when he is at his peak. This is so sad...

  • thegrownup on December 23, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    John Duch - I am assuming that you are Gayle's agent or his soul mate. that the only way you could have made the statement you did. But since we know that you are not here is the point you must consider. Gayle like all the rest of us is a human and undoubtedly has made his fair share of mistakes. YET the issues as most knowledgeable cricketing fans are agreed, is due to the inconsistency and unprofessional behavior of the WICB. They have personally vilified Gayle and closed their minds to having him on the team. Gayle is a severely missed member of the WI team. John please do not buy into the rubbish and the spin of the WICB. Remember it takes two to tango. Gayle is ready but they are not interested for him to dance. Merry Xmas

  • on December 23, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Phenomenal player, what else can be said about CHG? Class act, you were good in the early career, however, you have now attaining the heights of a great player. Hope your cricket board get it right in time, seeing that you are more devastating more than even before. Your concentration is much better and your shots are a sight to behold, thanks for the entertainment.

  • on December 23, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Gayle is such a force that even if your supportin the opponent team you'll wish you can see him hit and yet win the game . Such an entertainer ! Gayle and Viru , the best attitude on the cricketing field . Windies ve a good team if oly they can get someone solid like Gayle in the top order their performance will immensely improve . They need someone like Gayle to lead the attack along with fellas like bravo , samuels and pollard . . . wish the board finds some solution . International cricket is missing a lot outta this . . .

  • on December 23, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Every time Gayle scores some runs we have to explain to people who do not know better that Gayle IS NOT INTERESTED AT THIS TIME IN PLAYING FOR THE WEST INDIES. When are you all going to realize this and give us a break. Pollard and Bravo are taking steps to get back into the team. Gayle is not. Just leave it alone.

  • manan_aslam on December 23, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    gayle is a Great great player. I think WICB should rethink their decision and should respect your FAN.

    He should play for West Indies. No gayle No fun. I am apealing all spectator to write to WICB that they should include him in squad.

  • on December 23, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Brutal genius! Phenominal player!

  • on December 23, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    if want ti build WI team take him to the WI national team without gayle WI looser

  • on December 23, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    big up chris u r better off without wi cricket right now its just pride keeping u out of the side and nun of them man enough to swallow pride and get u back in the side but its only the true wi fans i am sorry for the bad mind and envious ones will just watch u entertain the rest of the world, 95% of the cricket world love u so forgive the 5% of the bad mind ones and keep on doing what u do best entertain us and make a decent living doing so

  • on December 23, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    As far as I'm concerned the directors of the various territories together with the executive body of the WICB together with the famous Otis Gibson has all lost their minds to in not finding a way to fix whatever the problem is between themselves and Gayle so that he can be back playing for this West Indies Team,when Samuels was banded I waited for 2 years for his return to the the Team and the very moment he did this board took that unification from me with such foolishness,I remembered how much of a force these guys were together on the team when Samuels was just reaching his pick in terms of performances,thats just how i am hurt as a West Indian fans in a Small Caribbean Island.

  • on December 23, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    The entire WICB needs to resign. Once they REMAIN, WI cricket will REMAIN in the dumps.

  • Neeta on December 23, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Really feel dissappointed for the SHAMBLES the WI CRICKET IS IN.If they want to have success in the future they have to resolve their differences with him.I believe he was ready to do so but the board didn't communicate with him further.It seems the BOARD IS HELL BENT TO GO DOWN ALONG WITH THE TEAM IN THE FUTURE.

  • on December 23, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Salute to Gayle...6th Hundred in 20-20 format..wat a Unbelievable player he is...Shame tht he is not playing for W.IND now...

  • on December 23, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Arron O'Brien is very underrated, always thought he would make a brilliant one day bowler, not many spinners clean bowl Tendulka, always hitting the pads or getting batmen bowled.

  • on December 23, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I love this guy. Gayle force 4 life!!!

  • on December 23, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    wow word s cant explain this is against human rights for gayle and warner in a team opening .....the wicb saying dey want match winning players ? well u had 1 for 7 yrs now

  • ramps_wi on December 23, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I hope WICB looking at this, because this man will not be at the T20 worldcup due to WICB "rules" Go gayle w support you man. Steups why could this not be live in WI

  • on December 23, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    This man C. Gayle is simply fantastic and as long as he plays in this side other Big Bash teams are going to fear the Sydney Thunder, for sure!

  • on December 23, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Why isn't he playing for the West Indies?? 20/20 SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • on December 23, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Why isn't he playing for the West Indies?? 20/20 SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 23, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    This man C. Gayle is simply fantastic and as long as he plays in this side other Big Bash teams are going to fear the Sydney Thunder, for sure!

  • ramps_wi on December 23, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I hope WICB looking at this, because this man will not be at the T20 worldcup due to WICB "rules" Go gayle w support you man. Steups why could this not be live in WI

  • on December 23, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    wow word s cant explain this is against human rights for gayle and warner in a team opening .....the wicb saying dey want match winning players ? well u had 1 for 7 yrs now

  • on December 23, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I love this guy. Gayle force 4 life!!!

  • on December 23, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Arron O'Brien is very underrated, always thought he would make a brilliant one day bowler, not many spinners clean bowl Tendulka, always hitting the pads or getting batmen bowled.

  • on December 23, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Salute to Gayle...6th Hundred in 20-20 format..wat a Unbelievable player he is...Shame tht he is not playing for W.IND now...

  • Neeta on December 23, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Really feel dissappointed for the SHAMBLES the WI CRICKET IS IN.If they want to have success in the future they have to resolve their differences with him.I believe he was ready to do so but the board didn't communicate with him further.It seems the BOARD IS HELL BENT TO GO DOWN ALONG WITH THE TEAM IN THE FUTURE.

  • on December 23, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    The entire WICB needs to resign. Once they REMAIN, WI cricket will REMAIN in the dumps.

  • on December 23, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    As far as I'm concerned the directors of the various territories together with the executive body of the WICB together with the famous Otis Gibson has all lost their minds to in not finding a way to fix whatever the problem is between themselves and Gayle so that he can be back playing for this West Indies Team,when Samuels was banded I waited for 2 years for his return to the the Team and the very moment he did this board took that unification from me with such foolishness,I remembered how much of a force these guys were together on the team when Samuels was just reaching his pick in terms of performances,thats just how i am hurt as a West Indian fans in a Small Caribbean Island.