Roach and Gayle lead Windies to victory
July 30, 2012 | Cricket
Victory didn’t seem so certain at the end of the fourth day, but West Indies delivered the knockout punch on the fifth, thanks to their seamers, to cruise to a nine-wicket win and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
West Indies needed to pick up the seven remaining wickets as quickly as possible, and Kemar Roach hastened that with a five-wicket haul to give the hosts an easy target of 102, which Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell approached without fuss.
It was a continuation of the good work put in by West Indies after they landed home from a tough tour of England.
The inclusion of Gayle and Sunil Narine – giants in Twenty20 leagues – heightened the anticipation for cricket fans world over.
Both made significant contributions in the victory – Gayle with 150 in the first innings and Narine with a match haul of eight wickets, including a five-for in the first innings.
It was West Indies’ third win in the last two years and arguably with their strongest XI in recent months.