27 Dec 2008

Gayle clinches win in one over

7:10 am on 27 December 2008

It turned into a battle of the captains and Chris Gayle came out on top in the opening Twenty20 cricket match between the West Indies and New Zealand.

The scores were tied on 155 after both teams had completed their 20 overs, Ross Taylor top-scoring with 63 for New Zealand and Gayle with 67 for the Windies.

In the "one-over eliminator", seen on the international stage for the first time, Gayle hit 25 runs off the bowling of New Zealand captain Dan Vettori; in reply, New Zealand managed just 15 runs, with the loss of two wickets, the maximum allowed.

It is New Zealand's eight consecutive loss in this version of the game.

The second and final Twenty20 match between the teams is in Hamilton on Sunday.

In the second Test between Australia and South Africa in Melbourne, Australia resumes on Saturday after scoring 280 for six on the first day. Captain Ricky Ponting was out for 101.