Gayle ton powers Windies into main draw

Jaipur, October 11:

Opening batsman Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten century on Wednesday and guided the West Indies to a thumping 10-wicket win over Bangladesh that also ensured the defending champion a place in the main round of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Gayle smashed three sixes to score 104 off 118 balls as the West Indies made 164 without losing a wicket in 36.4 overs after dismissing Bangladesh for 161 in 46.3 overs. Shivnarine Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 52 with six fours. West Indies would meet Sri Lanka in the last qualifier on Saturday — a match that would decide the top two positions from the qualifying stage of the biennial tournament.

They would join six other teams in the main round. Australia, England and India are placed in Group A when the Champions Trophy properly gets underway on October 15, while Group B comprises Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand.

Earlier, Bangladesh failed to capitalize on a blazing 85-run second wicket parntership off 93 balls between Aftab Ahmed (59) and Shahriar Nafees (38) as eight of their batsmen failed to score in double figures.

Medium fast Dwayne Bravo ran through the Bangladesh tail-end and took career best 3-14 off

10 over. Bangladesh retained the same playing XI that went down by 37 runs in its opening qualifier against Sri Lanka last Saturday. Bangladesh will next meet Zimbabwe in the last qualifier on Friday.