'West Indies win with Chris Gayle to spare'
West Indies were playing in Bangalore, Chris Gayle's 'home' IPL ground, and their supporters were tuned in, including the West Indies Women's players, right after a win over Bangladesh.
Need to reach at the hotel quickly to support Team Windies... Let's do this @darrensammy88 ..— merissa aguilleira (@mraguilleira) March 20, 2016
They won fans over with their approach as well.
Each of the West Indies team walked onto the pitch chatting with their mascots, who were thrilled. Good-natured team! #SLvWI— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) March 20, 2016
The toss was won by Darren Sammy, who put Sri Lanka in. Tillakaratne Dilshan hit a six off the second ball.
Dilshan got a start, and it seemed West Indies would have plenty to chase early on.
Ominous start by #Srilanka especially from Dilshan pitch looks good!— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) March 20, 2016
A poor leg-before decision, though, ended his innings on 12. Dilshan was disappointed, but had no DRS to call upon.
Come on umps! It's a WC and u have to be better than this. That would hit 5th stump if they had one...— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) March 20, 2016
West Indies bowlers took charge after that, reducing Sri Lanka to 47 for 5.
Samuel Badree was done by the ninth over. His figures: 4-0-12-3.
Another leg spinner bowling superbly in the tournament. #SLvWI— Gav_Joshi_Aus (@Gampa_cricket) March 20, 2016
Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera led a recovery with a run-a-ball stand of 44, before Mathews was dismissed in bizarre fashion.
There were some quick runs from Perera at the end, but it was a splendid performance from West Indies, restricting Sri Lanka to a below-par 122 for 9.
Andre Russell caused some excitement when he wore a white shoe along with a maroon one.
Gayle was off the field during Sri Lanka's innings because of a left hamstring twinge, and the West Indies team management suggested he would not bat unless required, something the fans at the Chinnaswamy Stadium would not have approved of.
Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher walked out to bat, and promptly the crowd in Bangalore made their feelings known, with chants of 'We want Gayle!'
Fans in Dharamshala were offered refund for no INDvPAK match - do u think there is line forming at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium? #WT20— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) March 20, 2016
Charles survived a drop off legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay's second ball, but later chopped onto his stumps off the same bowler. West Indies would have wanted Marlon Samuels to anchor the chase in Gayle's absence, but he perished charging down the track to the left-arm spin of Milinda Siriwardana.
In between, there was praise for one of Sri Lanka's agile veterans.
Dilshan putting the rest of us old men2shame -39 and still going strong! #WT20 it's not a problem diving - it's the landing that hurts now— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) March 20, 2016
The chants from the crowd appeared to have worked their magic when Gayle indicated from the dressing room that he was walking in to bat at the fall of the third wicket, only to be stopped by the fourth umpire Ian Gould. As per regulations, he still had to wait a few minutes before he could bat in West Indies' innings due to his time off the field in the first innings.
A simple explanation could have been provided to fans at the Chinnaswamy.
Many joked about hoping for West Indies to lose a wicket.
Chris Gayle reminds me of myself in childhood to wait for my own team player to get out so that i could get to bat! #WT20— FRANK (@FranklinnMJ) March 20, 2016
West Indies were playing an extra batsman in Fletcher, and he ably managed at the top of the order, powering the chase with a half-century studded with boundaries. But with 33 more to get, he nicked one behind off Dushmantha Chameera. The low catch was sent for a review, and as with replays in such cases, it looked dicey. His reprieve was even more painful for fans waiting to catch Gayle in action.
If you think that wasn't out get yourself a pair of modern keeping gloves. They are rock hard rubber tips— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 20, 2016
Apologies for the plug, but you can watch the video here.
Another opportunity for Gayle fans was missed by Sri Lanka's fielders.
It was in the air— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 20, 2016
There was huge cheer from the crowd
as they want to see Gayle
but there is twist
Kulasekara dropped the catch
Post match, Mathews admitted his team had been 'horrible' in the field.
Andre Russell hit the winning six, but it was Fletcher - the other Andre - who starred with 84 not out off 64 balls.
It was a Gayle-like performance, or should we say just short of being Gayle-like?
And it was a win that didn't need their biggest batting star.
West Indies win with Chris Gayle to spare— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 20, 2016
Gayle came out after the win, waved to the fans and posed for photos. No runs in Bangalore for the night, but expect many more in the future.
The performances got praise from various quarters. A former international legspinner impressed by another upcoming one in Vandersay, who had figures of 4-1-11-1.
A fast bowler who rarely seemed to deviate from plans praised the West Indians' seam attack that was manned by three allrounders.
Good win by the Windies. I enjoyed their bowling plans from the quicks, yorkers & slower balls. #WT20— Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) March 20, 2016
And a West Indian legend sent in his appreciation.