Man of Series goes to Gayle
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Chris Gayle proved once again on Sunday why he is one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket as he piloted West Indies to back-to-back wins over New Zealand.
The powerful left-hander made 53 off 39 balls with four sixes as West Indies won by 61 runs. On Saturday Gayle made 85 not out as the home side won by 56 runs as the West Indies mark a successful start to international cricket in the United States.
For the second day running Gayle was off to a slow and watchful start, but later went on all-out attack and brought the large crowd at the Central Broward Regional Park to its feet and brought the Black Caps to their knees. He was named Man-of-the-Series as the West Indies won the two-match rubber in style to spark celebration among the fans in the crowd.
“I’m very happy, well done to the team, good start on a high. I don’t know what’s happening at the start, they bowled well and I made the necessary adjustments to put the team in a winning position,” Gayle said after he collected his award.
After Gayle was dismissed Dwayne Bravo blasted four sixes off 11 balls to end on 35 not out. It led the West Indies to a challenging 177-5 off their 20 overs.
“…Bravo at the end gave us a good total, overall it was a good performance with the ball too. We came here looking to win and we were fired-up. You could see everyone was ready for this and we now move on to Jamaica where we will look to continue with this momentum.”
The two teams will travel to Jamaica on Monday for the start of the Digicel One-Day Series. The opening ODI is on Thursday at Sabina Park.