Stanbic Bank 20 Series 2011-12 November 29, 2011

Gayle century in vain as Rhinos advance

ESPNcricinfo staff

The star attraction of the tournament, Chris Gayle, ransacked an unbeaten 109 but ironically ended up on the losing side as Mid West Rhinos beat Matabeleland Tuskers by seven wickets. Brendan Taylor's unbeaten 75 turned out to be the matchwinning knock as the Rhinos registered their first win.

The Tuskers lost Tom Smith early and that brought Gayle and Paul Horton together for an unbroken stand of 166. Gayle smashed eight fours and seven sixes in his 59-ball knock. Horton remained unbeaten on 47, off 58 balls.

The target of 172 was achieved with three balls to spare. Taylor shared stands of 56 with the New Zealander Lou Vincent and 105 for the third wicket with Gary Ballance. Ballance made a quickfire 67 off 34 balls, including four sixes.

Ironically for Gayle again, he leaked 47 off 3.3 overs, the most expensive figures of the day.

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  • Paul on November 30, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Strange knock from Horton like Adson said, especially withbthe explosive Coventry left padded up in dressing room.

    Is Ballance going to commit to the country of his birth, or do a Sean Ervine and settle for being a county cricketer instead of representing his country?

  • Stuart on November 29, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Ironically, it all seems to have been terribly ironic out there.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    ok kinda wierd because last time i watch cricket chris G was playin for west indies in world cup ....WHATS GOING ON PEOPLE how he playin in zim ..and not wi

  • soumyas on November 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    wot is gayle doing there ? west indies-india match went on wire, finally india won by 1 wicket...where is Gayle ??? we want him to be back in westindies team...

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    47 from 58 balls ?!!! not a good innings. espacally considering the fact they had 9 wickets ramaining

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Go rhinos GO, kinda like the fact that Gayle leaked 47 from 3.3 but good knock with the bat though. Hope the scorecard comes with the next update.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 17:05 GMT


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