Gayle decimates SA bowlers

Updated: 13 September 2007 16:11 IST

Chris Gayle has been one of those enigma's of international cricket since making his debut seven years ago.

Gayle decimates SA bowlers

Johannesburg:

Modesty is obviously not one of Chris Gayle's trademarks but after losing out to the hosts in the opening match by eight wickets, his skipper wouldn't have minded a few more of the lusty blows from the 27-year old's bat.

Gayle has been one of those enigma's of international cricket since making his debut seven years ago.

On his day he can destroy the best bowling attack in the World as Shaun Pollock found out. He went for 45 runs in just 19 balls against the Kingston native.

But he's also been a bit of a bad boy. First there was the long drawn out dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board over sponsorship issues. And he's also been fined by the ICC for an altercation with Michael Clarke in the Champions Trophy last year.

But Tuesday night was his night at the Bull Ring even if the final outcome wasn't too his liking, showing absolutely no respect for the South African bowlers.

Gayle looked like a man on a mission, looking to prove to his detractors that his failure at the World Cup in March was a minor blip.

No bowler was spared the onslaught, each of the bowlers had three digit strike rate against him.

But then Twenty20 Cricket was always going to be about the batsman and not the bowlers. The crowds came to see some entertainment.

Of course Gayle will now be hoping that history does not repeat itself. A year ago he ended up as the Player of the Tournament at the Champions Trophy but the Windies lost out to Australia in the final.

Now he would probably give up the first 100 in a Twenty20 International just to see his side pick up some silverware.



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