Both West Indies men and women teams produced stunning performances yesterday in India as they opened their respective challenges to win the ICC World T-20 championships in style.
One player on the men’s team Jamaican Chris Gayle set new world records while two women players, off-spinner Anisa Mohammed from Trinidad and Tobago and team captain and top-order batter Stafanie Taylor , a Jamaican, also made world cricket history.
The West Indies men’s team successfully chased down England’s 182 for 6 closing at 183 for 4 with 11 balls remaining. The Windies women defended their 103 for 8 innings by pegging Pakistan to 99 for five in their 20-over reply.
Gayle blasted the fastest hundred in World Twenty20 history getting to the three-figure mark off his 47th delivery, beating the previous record which he had set in 2007 by 10 balls. His century was also the third fastest hundred in Twenty20 Internationals. It was also his second T20 International hundred and he is the first batsman to score two T20 World Cup centuries.
He also eclipsed New Zealander Brendon McCullum’s record of 91 for the most sixes hit in T20 Internationals, setting a new mark of 98.
West Indies Women held on for a tight four-wicket win over Pakistan in their opening Group B match .
Skipper Taylor top-scored with 40 to become the third woman to pass 2000 T20 international runs and she was the only Windies batswoman to pass 20 in the innings.
Off-spinner Mohammed became the first bowler of either sex to take 100 Twenty20 International wickets when she got the last of her three wickets, logging three for 25 from her four-over spell that hurt Pakistan Women’s momentum.
First her delight at West Indies win
And about her world record
With the Pakistanis fighting back, Mohammed struck for West Indies Women, claiming Sidra Ameen with the last ball of her second over.
In her following over – the 11th of the innings – she made two key strikes knocking over Aliya Riaz (2) and Bismah Maroof to leave Pakistan Women in disarray at 44 for three in the 11th over.