Charismatic batsman Chris Gayle warmed up well as defending champions West Indies posted a comfortable seven-wicket victory over England in the warm-up match at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah yesterday, where South Africa handed a five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh A in the second warm-up game.
The gigantic left-hander is one of the players in the tournament to watch and Gayle gained some valuable practice by hitting six fours and two sixes during his unbeaten 38-ball 58 that helped the Caribbean team overtake the England total of 131 with 23 balls remaining.
Dwayne Smith and Gayle got off to a solid start and when James Tredwell gave the breakthrough removing Smith for 36 runs, West Indies were already in control with a 78-run opening stand in 8.3 overs.
Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels were dismissed quickly after the breakthrough but Gayle was there to finish the match with Lendl Simmons, who scored an unbeaten 15.
Earlier, the West Indies bowlers did a decent job to restrict England to 131. Eoin Morgan top-scored with 43.
In the second game, the second-string Bangladesh side could manage only 116 runs before being all out in 18.4 overs. Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe tested the home side top order by taking two wickets each. Number nine batsman Mukter Ali salvaged the situation somewhat with a 20-ball 35.
In reply, South Africa scored 122 for five in 18.3 overs.