Gayle shines in Bangladesh

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): SU­PER­STAR CHRIS Gayle an­nounced his ar­rival in the Bangladesh Pre­mier League like only he can, hit­ting a bound­ary-stud­ded cameo to help pro­pel Chit­tagong Vik­ings to a nine-wicket win over Rang­pur Riders here yes­ter­day.

The left-han­der blasted 40 from 26 de­liv­er­ies in his first in­nings of the tour­na­ment as Vik­ings eas­ily chased down a tar­get of 125 at Shere Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium, with 24 balls to spare.

Gayle, who has not played any form of in­ter­na­tional cricket in three months, dom­i­nated a 70-run open­ing part­ner­ship with Bangladesh stroke-maker Tamim Iqbal, whose Man-of-theMatch un­beaten 62 came from 48 balls.

The 37-year-old Gayle started slowly with his first 13 de­liv­er­ies yield­ing just seven runs, but he quickly found his strike to en­ter­tain with two fours and four sixes.

He is­sued his first warn­ing with back-to­back sixes in the sev­enth over off off-spin­ner So­hag Gazi and fol­lowed up with another pair of sixes in the ninth over off leg-spin­ner Shahid Afridi be­fore fi­nally suc­cumb­ing to the same bowler.

Ear­lier, Riders had scram­bled to 124 for six af­ter opt­ing to bat first, with opener Soumya Sarkar top-scor­ing with 26 from 21 balls.

Vik­ings are third in the ta­bles on 10 points, two adrift of lead­ers Dhaka Dy­na­mites and the sec­ond-place Khulna Ti­tans, both on 12 points.

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Chris Gayle ... slammed 40 off 26 balls.

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