West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Kingston July 8, 2012

Gayle, Samuels end five-year break in style

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nottingham, July 7, 2007. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels had a 15-run partnership during a 93-run victory against England. Little did they know then that it was the last time they would bat together in an ODI for five years. Both batsmen were kept out of the West Indies side for different reasons but on July 7, 2012, Gayle and Samuels, both Jamaicans, renewed their association and marked the occasion with centuries against New Zealand at Sabina Park.

Gayle made 125 off 107 balls, his 20th one-day century, which took him past Brian Lara's West Indies record of 19. For Samuels, the unbeaten 101 was only his third hundred but it was his first in the Caribbean. Their 129-run partnership for the third wicket was the highest in West Indies total of 315 and set up a 55-run victory.

"I played exactly the way I wanted to today," Samuels, who was Man of the Match, said. "Chris set the stage with his power at the top of the innings and then I was able to come in and add the finishing touches. It was an enjoyable day for me and the team. It was special to do it with so many people who have done so much for me in my life watching.

"It is my first hundred in the Caribbean, the others have been away. The others have been out of my 'comfort zone' ... but this one has been in my 'comfort zone'. It's been a while since I last batted with Chris, so batting with him today was wonderful."

Gayle hit nine sixes in his innings and could have gone on to make a huge score had he not been dismissed in the 38th over. He too had praise for Samuels. "I felt he [Samuels] played really well and I'm happy for him," Gayle said. "He is a quality player and to see him get a hundred after I got one earlier in the innings is something special."

Gayle was also pleased with the manner in which West Indies had kept New Zealand under pressure from the start of the game. "We have been playing good cricket against New Zealand from the start of the series in Florida last week and we have continued that good work here in Jamaica," he said. "What was really pleasing to see was the way we controlled the game from the start and turned up the tempo at the right time. We were strong in all departments, and the bowlers did another good job for us today."

West Indies lead the five-match series 2-0 and the teams will travel to St Kitts for the third ODI on July 11.

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  • ethel on July 10, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Sammy is taking the place of one the fast bowlers and Gibson you need to resign

  • Nizam M. on July 10, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    The matrix of Gayle force in the WI Team has truly become conspicuous in the period of puerile WI Cricket that his forced absence by the WI Cricket Board had thrust upon this island nation. This WI Board was perhaps unthinking as far as patriotism and national interest are concerned, or even perhaps in the matter of the true spirit of the game!

    A true-blue champion can elevate a Team to its best; look, how the WI Cricket team has been electrified. Look at their swagger now, as opposed to the past body-language of sorry losers. Thank Chris Gayle for the spirit and ethos that is now engendered in the West Indies Cricket Team. Good luck West Indies for the World Cup ahead. Keep it up, and keep going

  • Gilliane on July 9, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    The comments in here are Ludacris, do you think when England, Australia, South Africa play West Indies and demolish us they care whether they are playing a weaker team. They crash us regardless, a win is a win. Well if New Zealand cannot come up with a stronger team that is no concern of West Indies. Play on my Windies Team, play on. Yes it is great to see Gayle in his element. He seem very elated.

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Some of these comment s what a disgrace for pure cricket followers, okay so Gayle & Samuels decide to get togethe'r pretty ironic it was against a week under strentgth new zealand lineup when they could of easily come together and proved them selves against England or Australia ? - Still three games to go boyz and when Gayle goes for under 10 game on boyz !! Gayle is a great player, in fact a fantasic cricketer but all you punks who say new zealand have a week under strength team ,game on we get gayle its a game cause at the end of the day you have one guy we have a whole lot of guys who are just waiting to prove they are a team !

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Great to see Gayle back in maroon colours. The politics of his absence is open for debate, but there's no doubt that his talent was sorely missed. It's also good to see Marlon continuing the fine form, that he displayed in England. This current series doesn't tell the whole picture because New Zealand haven't played competitive cricket for months and some of their key players are absent. But that's not the Windies' problem, as you can only perform against what's in front of you. Also this is the same crop of Windies players that were comprehensively beaten in the ODI/T20 series in England. So still alot of work to be done and plenty of room for improvement. The T20 World Cup in September should tell us how much strides the WI team have taken forward as a allround collective unit.

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    People are getting carried away. Right now West Indies are playing a terrible New Zealand team. This kiwi team is like Zimbabwe or Canada. No quality at all! No bowling threats, no batting threats, short on confidence, filled with injuries. BUT, it's a good team for West Indies to get a little practice against. The current WI lineup will still struggle against the likes of South Africa, England, India and Pakistan, even at home in the Caribbean. I think they still need one more specialist batsman like Sarwan in the lineup, and one more true fast bowler, like Roach. Simmons and one of the all rounders (Pollard or Sammy or Russel) need to make room for them.

  • yogi on July 9, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    luv you WI. Gayle is the best. We Indians luv WI like we luv our own players. Gayle rockzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Prachurjya on July 9, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    It is for everyone to see that personal prejudices among the players and management can wreck havoc to the very foundation of a team. Good on the WI team to have brought back the players that should have been in the team at first place. The current results speak for themselves. It's the only way to go forward if the WI wants to be a force to reckon with in the near future.

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    WI is playing real good cricket

  • Kevin on July 9, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Even as a bowler I'd rather be getting battered by Gayle than by Holding, Croft, Garner, Roberts, Marshall, and a few others I could mention. I don't know where all the young NZ fast bowlers went to. Dennis Lillee holds a few coaching clinics in NZ and suddenly they all have stress fractures, and the only ones left standing can barely break 130k. I sense a conspiracy theory coming on.....

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