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ICC World Twenty20: West Indies centurion Chris Gayle just blew us away admits England captain Eoin Morgan

By Rory Dollard

Captain Eoin Morgan admitted centurion Chris Gayle answered every question England asked of him as their World Twenty20 plans came unstuck on day one in Mumbai.

Gayle turned in a magical display as the West Indies won the Group One opener by six wickets, making 100 not out in just 48 balls and clobbering 11 sixes.

The explosive pursuit of England's competitive 182 for six was vintage Gayle, who hit Adil Rashid out of the attack before dominating Ben Stokes, David Willey and Moeen Ali.

Once the 36-year-old maestro found his groove there was no chance of applying the brakes.

"He was outstanding" conceded Morgan. "He's a world-class player and he played really well. You can't fault him... it was chanceless as well.

"Everyone knows how he plays, he's played that way for a very long time, and coming into the game we knew if he did get himself in to expect that. It was his night."

Gayle, later mentioned by coach Phil Simmons in the same breath as the great Sir Viv Richards, revelled in his second T20 international ton.

"I was pumped. Before I went out to play, Sulieman Benn said 'entertain me'," said Gayle. "Hopefully I can go out and entertain again."

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