Caribbean master hitter Chris Henry Gayle stepped into playing a one day international after two and half years. On Tuesday, Gayle featuring West Indies in the first ODI match of the series against host England who submerged the visitors by a crushing 7 wicket win.
The flamboyant Windies opener started the innings catastrophically with his usual fluency of batting but could not run the innings long enough.
Playing 27 deliveries, Chris Gayle scored 37 runs with 3 shots to the boundary and six over boundaries.
West Indies, however, could not mend the innings after the departure of Gayle, scored 204 runs in the allotted 42 overs curtailed due to rain in Old Trafford.
Ben Stokes ripped through the innings of West Indies’ taking 3 wickets. In reply, the English team needed just 30 overs to chase down the target. They lost only 3 wickets on their way to 210.
A big game knock from JM Bairstow eased the path of England to pick up the first win of the series.
Bairstow scored 100 off 97 deliveries with 11 shots to reach for four.
With the loss, chances have diminished for West Indies to qualify directly in the 2019 World Cup eclipsing Sri Lanka.
The two times former world champions required wins in every match of the series against England to firm their place through the World Cup without playing qualifiers.