West Indies tour of England, 2nd ODI: England v West Indies at The Oval, Jun 19, 2012
England won by 8 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)
19 June 2012 (50-over match)
1.1

Finn to Gayle, 1 run, pitched up outside off, gets forward and dabs a single towards mid-on

1.6

Finn to Gayle, no run, good length, on middle and leg and darting across, Gayle gets solidly behind it

West Indies 6/0   CH Gayle 1* (2b)
3.1

Finn to Gayle, no run, length ball on the legs and chopped square, straight to a fielder

3.2

Finn to Gayle, no run, pitched up outside off and Gayle drives firmly at this one, his first shot in anger - only for Ravi Bopara's diving stop at cover to prevent any return

3.3

Finn to Gayle, no run, short and wide from Finn, Gayle's eyes light up like a fruit machine that's about to pay out ... but his cut shot is miscued and loops to point on the bounce

3.4

Finn to Gayle, no run, tighter line from Finn and this time it's defended watchfully into the off side

3.5

Finn to Gayle, no run, excellent delivery, on off and drifting away as Gayle pushes at it a little uncertainly, the ball flying through to Kieswetter

3.6

Finn to Gayle, no run, another teaser, darting past the outside edge as Gayle withdraws his bat

West Indies 6/0   CH Gayle 1* (8b)
4.2

Anderson to Gayle, no run, what a leave! Gayle is grinning after letting one go through that came back around off and missed the stumps by a matter of inches

4.3

Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, length ball and angling across, Gayle goes for the big 'un over cow corner and gets an inside edge to long leg

West Indies 8/0   CH Gayle 2* (10b)
5.1

Finn to Gayle, no run, back of a length and climbing past the batsman as Gayle drops his bat out of the way

5.2

Finn to Gayle, FOUR, slides on to the pads and this time Gayle connects, showing his power with a chunky glance in front of square leg

5.3

Finn to Gayle, FOUR, four more! Though this wasn't an authentic stroke, the ball slicing high off the toe of the bat and over third slip as the ball left Gayle off a good length

5.4

Finn to Gayle, FOUR, more punishment for Finn, picking up a straight, length ball and belabouring it back down the ground for a boundary at long-on

5.5

Finn to Gayle, no run, full and wide of off, Gayle skips out and crunches a drive straight at the mid-off fielder

5.6

Finn to Gayle, no run, good comeback from the bowler, pushing one through and beating the batsman outside off

West Indies 20/0   CH Gayle 14* (16b 3x4)
6.4

Anderson to Gayle, no run, back of a length, on leg stump and rising at the body, defended back on to the track

6.5

Anderson to Gayle, no run, length ball, on the stumps and blocked

6.6

Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, strays down leg and flicked behind square for one

West Indies 22/0   CH Gayle 15* (19b 3x4)
7.1

Finn to Gayle, no run, short of a length, leg-stump line and Gayle doesn't connect with an attempted glance

7.2

Finn to Gayle, no run, precise line and length from Finn, the ball bouncing and leaving Gayle, who purses his lips as is fizzes past

7.3

Finn to Gayle, 1 run, length, on the stumps, Gayle opens those broad shoulders again but this time the hack skews into the leg side for one

West Indies 23/0   CH Gayle 16* (22b 3x4)
8.1

Anderson to Gayle, no run, length ball, speared across and pushed towards cover-point

8.2

Anderson to Gayle, no run, leg-stump line, Gayle stays still in the crease and knocks short on the on side

8.3

Anderson to Gayle, SIX, and Boom goes the dynamite! Anderson dropped short and Gayle smashes a pull shot deep into the stand over the midwicket boundary. That had both wings and a jet pack

8.4

Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, fuller and on the stumps, worked off the pads

West Indies 30/0   CH Gayle 23* (26b 3x4 1x6)
9.1

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, on the stumps and prodded back down the pitch

9.2

Bresnan to Gayle, SIX, overpitched on the stumps and this one is dispatched back down the ground for another Dorothy, Gayle so still at the crease as he watches it sail away

9.3

Bresnan to Gayle, SIX, there he goes again, stepping out to flat-bat another brutal hit straight back over Bresnan's head!

9.4

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, line and length, plays this one more watchfully

9.5

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, Gayle has taken a liking to Bresnan's pace (or lack thereof), it seems, attacking him again but slapping his drive to a fielder

9.6

Bresnan to Gayle, SIX, monstrous, monstrous hitting from Christopher Henry Gayle! Bresnan was a touch short and Gayle stepped away and mullered him on to the roof of the stand above the players' dressing rooms - tidal wave, tsunami, here it comes!

West Indies 48/0   CH Gayle 41* (32b 3x4 4x6)
10.2

Anderson to Gayle, no run, length ball, straight and no movement, blocked respectfully back to the bowler

10.3

Anderson to Gayle, no run, length ball, angling across and pushed into the off side

10.4

Anderson to Gayle, SIX, slightly full from Anderson and Gayle languidly deposits the ball straight back down the ground for his fifth six! That brings up the Windies fifty - and Gayle has 47 of them

10.5

Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, back of a length and on the legs, flicked square for a single

West Indies 56/0   CH Gayle 48* (36b 3x4 5x6)
11.1

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, touch short and played circumspectly back towards mid-off

11.2

Bresnan to Gayle, 1 run, fuller length, Bresnan rolls his fingers over it and Gayle steers it behind point for a single

11.4

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, full and on the stumps, Gayle dabs this one into the off side

11.5

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, tight line again and tapped into the off side - the Kraken appears to have drifted back into the deep for now

11.6

Bresnan to Gayle, 1 run, length ball and nudged short of midwicket, the big man lumbers into gear and takes one to bring up a half-century that has been horrifying for England and utterly compelling for everyone else

West Indies 59/0   CH Gayle 50* (41b 3x4 5x6)
12.1

Swann to Gayle, 1 run, round the wicket to Gayle, tossed up on the stumps, tickled into the leg side

12.4

Swann to Gayle, no run, gives it some air, on the stumps and Gayle steps out to nudge to the on side

12.5

Swann to Gayle, no run, flatter, pushed through on off and blocked back to the bowler

12.6

Swann to Gayle, 1 run, full and flighted, Gayle seizes on it, doesn't properly connect with his thump down the ground but it takes a good stop at long-on to prevent four

West Indies 62/0   CH Gayle 52* (45b 3x4 5x6)
13.1

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, good length on the stumps, pushed back down the track

13.2

Bresnan to Gayle, 1 run, touch short of a length, Gayle's instincts kick in again but his pull over mid-on isn't quite out of the middle and it drops short of the man on the rope

West Indies 63/0   CH Gayle 53* (47b 3x4 5x6)
14.1

Swann to Gayle, no run, tossed up outside off and played back

14.2

Swann to Gayle, no run, flighted and blocked back to Swann

14.3

Swann to Gayle, no run, flatter ball on off and defended on the front foot

14.4

Swann to Gayle, OUT, flat delivery, not much turn and there's a big lbw appeal ... it's given but Gayle immediately reviews it. Swann was pleading, imploring for that decision and Tony Hill gave it after an age. There's definitely bat involved but was it pad first? There's no doubt the ball was going on to hit. It's practically impossible to tell if the ball squeezed on to the pad via the bat or the other way around. Perversely, the crowd probably don't want him to go ... but he has to, as the decision is upheld!

CH Gayle lbw b Swann 53 (66m 51b 3x4 5x6) SR: 103.92

West Indies 63/1   CH Gayle 53 (51b 3x4 5x6)
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