West Indies v England, 2nd T20, Barbados

The biggest six?

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second T20 between West Indies and England

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 11, 2014

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Chris Gayle quickly found his range, West Indies v England, 2nd T20, Barbados, March 11, 2014
Big, bigger, biggest: Chris Gayle sent at least one ball out of the ground © Getty Images
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Recall of the day

Krishmar Santokie played the second T20 against Ireland, taking 1 for 12 as West Indies defended 96, but could not make the cut for the first game of this series. However, with Sunil Narine ruled out he got his chance to stake a claim for a starting place in the World T20 and took it with both hands. In his first over he removed Michael Lumb, then in his second a beautiful slower ball deceived Moeen Ali. At the death, after a rain break, he ensured England could not cut loose when he removed the well-set Jos Buttler and added Ravi Bopara.

Kick-start of the day

England were not going anywhere very quickly, but Buttler and Alex Hales had to try and rebuild the innings from 26 for 3. Then, in the 12th over, Buttler unfurled his scoop shot against Darren Sammy - after two earlier boundaries in the over - and connected so cleanly that it cleared fine leg for six. That over cost 17 and the next cost 16 as England at least found a foothold in the match.

Shot of the day

It does not matter whether you clear the boundary by six inches or find the road outside the ground, the batsman can't score more than six. Chris Gayle, though, often goes for the latter option and one of his four sixes, when he advanced at James Tredwell, went clear over the roof of the stands at wide long-on and may have come down somewhere in the harbour. The local sages in the press box suggested it was the biggest ever seen at the ground, bigger than when Joel Garner deposited one into the nearby petrol station.

Comparison of the day

The tale of two Powerplays: after six overs England were 30 for 3 while West Indies were 58 for 1. That head start meant that even when their chase was clawed back that enough was in the tank to get over the line. The tactics were opposite too. West Indies used pace off the ball for all six overs, from Santokie and Samuel Badree, whereas England used three overs pace, which cost 34, before turning to Tredwell.

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