pulls a short ball towards fine leg and that's the victory for West Indies
West Indies win by six wickets and that was the Chris Gayle show, folks. We've seen it before, but it never ceases to amaze. England have plundered. Another tough experience for a bowling attack that had a day to forget. Dew was a factor, but they still lacked some basic consistency. However, better attacks would have struggled to stop Gayle in this mood. It was a faultless T20 innings in a run chase. Although Gayle's innings was an extreme, it highlighted that none of England's top order went on from decent starts. Still, 182 gave them a chance - or so we thought. Samuels helped lay the platform and none of England's bowlers had an answer to Gayle.
Chris Gayle "The preparation has been really good, it's all about practising then doing it in the middle. The dew played a part as well. After facing the first over I took a while to get back on strike, but Marlon helped ease the pressure. We wanted to stay ahead of the run-rate, pleased to finish the game and not leave it to anyone else. I was pumped today. Before I went out, Sulieman Benn said 'entertain me'. The guys who play the IPL know it's a good wicket so we knew we always had a chance to chase it down. Hopefully we can move onto Sri Lanka now. Bangalore, my home town. Hopefully I can entertain again. The celebration was all about DJ Bravo and his new song."
I'll bring you the captains shortly
Hypocaust: "If you'd said beforehand that Chris Jordan would concede just 24 runs from his four overs, I think most would have assumed a comfortable England victory... 11.22 rpo from the rest of the attack tells a different story."
Sarah: "Fantastic for the Windies and horrendous from Eng. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory." Not quite sure it was jaws of victory, that suggests it was close at one stage
Gaurav Matta: "Just checked result going through commentary...it took some time to load of that fours and sixes one..of west Indies side.."
Siva: "WI Women also won today. Good day for WI!!"
Darren Sammy "It's always fun watching #worldboss. We were quite happy at halfway, at no stage did England get away. To restrict them to nine-an-over we were quite happy. Marlon is a big-match player. I had a feeling it would be his day and the way he took control of the Powerplay. It became quite easy. We aware of all that has been said about our team, but we have belief among ourselves in this format. We will go out and try to entertain."
Eoin Morgan "We never really took the game away from them. Credit to West Indies. In the chase, things were difficult. Gayle is a hard guy to stop. West Indies didn't allow us to get going on what was a really good batting surface."
That just about wraps things up for today. Sammy said at the end that West Indies "are in it, to win it" and they've made a huge statement today. England have some thinking to do ahead of what is now a vital game against South Africa. David Hopps' match report will be here shortly. For now, though, from Gnasher and Alan it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.
Josh: "Gayle definitely had his Weetabix this morning." Judging by his instagram feed, not sure Weetabix is often on the menu
The West Indies dugout, understandably, looks over the moon. They have reinforced what a threat they'll be in this tournament
and it's a dot ball, Stokes gets a yorker in which Gayle plays to midwicket
A chance for Gayle to finish the match
crunches a full ball down to long on
that delivery sums up England's performance, a horrid dragged down slower ball which barely passes the batsman on the cut strip
Vee: "Congrats to the big man from the land of Jamaica! We're here following you on Cricinfo all the way from the Caribbean island of Trinidad! Great job Cricinfo, great job Windies!" All the praise can be Gayle's today
another short delivery which he pulls well in front of square
backs away to leg and has a huge swing to leg...which he misses
did Russell forget that was a free hit? Yep, think he did. He just defends a length delivery which nips into him. Broad smile from Andre
The ball is being changed. That will make a difference
another huge full toss, sliced over point...another no-ball and a free hit coming up. Forgettable evening for England's bowlers
there it is! A magnificent century as he squeezes a full delivery into backward point. Trots the single then takes in the acclaim for his hundred. Goes down on his knees and salutes the ground. He's soaking this in, and why not
Mazahir: "Today world T20 had a great day, first Shahid Afridi and now Gayle. Guns are on fire already. An alarm for all team. Both on very very dangerous customers on these Indian conditions." Ben Stokes hasn't had such a great day. He's back into the attack
full and straight, blocked back down the pitch...there was probably a quick single on offer, but Gayle deserves the strike
short of a length outside off and beats Russell as he pushes off the back foot...there's an appeal from Jordan (and Morgan at cover) but no one else
Kshitish Lohia: "Things not looking good for England. They face ABD next!"
tabs a big full toss into the leg side...just below waist height. Big smile from Gayle, he can afford that
beaten by a yorker which goes under his bat and just wide of off stump...so he can't equal the fastest T20I hundred of Richard Levi
The crowd wait in anticipation
drives a low full toss to the cover sweeper
nearly! Slices a low full toss outside off straight to the deep point sweeper
If he does this, it will be Gayle's first T20I hundred since the 117 he made against South Africa in the opening match of the 2007 World T20
carefully taps a slower ball into the leg side to keep the strike
big, bigger, biggest! Another monstrous blow by Gayle, pulls a short ball off the front foot over deep square leg...he's onto 96
ducks under a bouncer
and now he takes a full toss over the leg side...swung over deep square leg. The hundred is on for Gayle
Ishan Jain: "Well looks like a cake walk for WI from here, but England surely needs to work on their bowling discipline. They have already bowled 9 wides and 1 no ball already before the 15th over. This could hurt them in tight games." Not a new problem
stand and deliver! Full outside off, and Gayle plunders this through the off side