Brilliant Gayle, Samuels give Windies 2-0 lead
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The outstanding Chris Gayle struck a record-breaking 20th One-Day International century while Marlon Samuels hammered his first in six years as West Indies brushed aside hapless New Zealand by 55 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series here Saturday.
Sent in at Sabina Park in the second of two matches in three days at the venue, West Indies piled up 315 for five off their 50 overs, with Gayle smashing a typically stroke-filled 125 and Samuels getting an unbeaten 101.
In reply, New Zealand faltered from a position of 121 for two to 260 all out, to lose their fourth straight match in series following on from their dismal performance in the Twenty20 series last weekend.
BJ Watling stroked an attacking, unbeaten 72 and captain Kane Williamson (59) and the experienced Martin Guptill (51) gathered half-centuries but the target proved beyond their capabilities.
Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul led the West Indies attack with three for 50 while beguiling off-spinner Sunil Narine (2-45) and part-time off-spinner Samuels (2-46), provided support with a brace of wickets apiece.
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