4,4,4! First Samuels flays Junaid over the cover and then Gayle get’s in on the act, taking Irfan to task! Is it time for Pakistan to introduce Mohammad Hafeez, who is excellent against lefties? It could be a gamble but with a 170 to defend it’s not something Pakistan can mull over for too long. WI 44/2 in 9 overs.
This is the battle everyone had been waiting for, Gayle vs Irfan, one giant against another and its terrific to see a swashbuckler like Gayle fending some away from his chest! Gayle replies in typical fashion though, smacking Irfan way over his head for a big SIX! The next delivery goes for four legbyes as Gayles makes room to heave it over the infield! 10 runs from that over. WI 30/2 in 7.
The hero for the West Indies at last year’s World T20, Marlon Samuels, now walks in and he too is greeted with a few sharp ones from Irfan.
Irfan gets another one! Darren Bravo, Lara’s lookalike, gets a peach, the ones fast bowlers dream of. That ball rose of a length and moved away just a shade, getting the shoulder of Bravo’s bat and Kamran Akmal completes an easy catch!