Riqui Puig: Nefarious at all levels. It is true that you can not point to a player who has not started in the first team for eight months and that the stage does not help to showcase talent, but it is also true that he has missed a great opportunity. With matches like that, Valverde is right. It was replaced by Arthur. His face was a poem when he left the field, aware that nothing had come out in the field.Perez: Bad game of the canterano. For a forward to spend half a game sending balls back is that something is not working. In part, Setién’s fault that placed him as the second false tip, in a location unknown to Granollers. It was Setién’s first change.Griezmann: The architect of Barcelona being in eighths. And that his party was being deplorable, but the striker showed that its effectiveness and quality is the best remedy for general mediocrity. He signed a double that smells like a miracle, especially if we take into account the merits that the team was doing in the field. The first came after a great assist from De Jong and he took advantage with a precise shot to the first suit and the second, when everyone thought about the extension, with a crossed shot after a great pass from Alba.Ansu Fati: Superlative. Of the little that was saved in the match against Ibiza. In the first part nothing came out, but in the second he took the team behind him and began to assume responsibilities in the attack, monopolizing the offensive game. It was the best reference in attack, always starting from the right. They made him a book penalty.ChangesSunrise: He entered in the 50th minute and put order and concert to a totally bewildered team. It was placed as the left end and provided balance, depth and verticality. His was the assistance of Griezmann’s second goal.Arthur: Improved the performance with the team ball in the team that until then were very lacking. He entered through Riqui Puig in the 71st minute.Vidal: The Chilean contributed what he does best: intimidate. Lenglet: French is wrong. Without forcefulness and without resources, his game is a cluster of nonsense. He was close to eating a second goal from Ibiza because of his fragility in the melee.Junior: The Dominican side does not improve even with the presence of a coach who knows him perfectly. Terrible in defense and thick in attack. Each day shows more that he has no level to play at Barça.From Jong: His worst game as Blaugrana. And that was his assistance for Griezmann to achieve the draw. A prodigious pass, everything must be said, breaking the defensive web of a rival. It was the only green bud in a match to forget. It is clear that for a player of his talent neither the stage nor the terrain were suitable.Semedo: Totally lost in the first part when not finding accommodation as a right inside. In the second one he improved performance, since he looked more deeply for the band.Rakitic: Party to forget the Croatian who seems to be shouting for a transfer. It is true that he was the first who tried to look at the rival goal with a shot shot in the 67th minute. Net: Still not leaving the goal to zero in all his appearances. He was able to do something else in the goal of Javi Pérez, although he could mislead a little that the ball touched in Caballé. A stick of Raí avoided the tragedy, but then made a great stop in extremis. He had a bad fall in the second half in a clearance that was close to leaving him out of the game. Still not convincing or giving security under the sticks.Sergi Roberto: He was very vague and uncomfortable playing as central. He put heart and anger to his actions, although the pitch also did not help him too much in his game. You will also have to invent another resource when you need three plants.
Although he has his team foot and a half in the knockout stages of the Europa League, said the Portuguese coach that “now we have a game against Norwich, then we will go to Barcelona and football teaches us that nothing is decided, that we will have to play until the end ”. Not surprisingly, he recalled that “in other games we had more opportunities but we didn’t score so many goals. And it is important for the tie not to have received any goal. ”Nuno also had words of some support for Espanyol after the blow suffered in Wolverhampton. Asked On whether he believes that the parakeet team will achieve permanence in Primera, he was blunt: “Yes, because they have very high quality players and Abelardo is a great coach. Today it is evident that he prioritized LaLiga. I wish him well, ”he concluded. “Dreaming is free,” says Nuno Espírito Santo, when asked about Wolverhampton Wanderers fans who already fable with reaching the Europa League final, even winning it. And he recognizes that he could not even imagine a result like 4-0 this Thursday night against Espanyol when two seasons ago he landed in the Wolves.“It was a good game, especially in the second part. There we were superior, because In the first half, Espanyol created some problems for us. The goals were beautiful, ”said Nuno, who obviously congratulated himself on the‘ hat-trick ’of Diogo Jota. “I am very happy for him. A player who scores three goals not only helps himself, but also the team. The goal of Neves must also be highlighted, it was very good, ”he said.
The rest of the team seems sung, since Joel, Emerson, Álex Moreno, Canales and Fekir They seem untouchable. The doubts are whether Rubi will bet on Guardado to further strengthen the spinal cord or if you will bet on Joaquin start, in addition to knowing if you will continue to trust Borja Iglesias as headline as in Mestalla, or if Loren will be the chosen one. The defensive bleeding that the Betis has been suffering in recent days virtually forces Ruby to return to the three central system that gave such good results in the first round. In fact, that’s how he managed to tie in the Santiago Bernabeu (0-0), although despite repeating the system some names will change.If in the first round Rubi aligned Mandi, Sidnei and Feddal of centrals, with Bartra as a midfielder ahead, this time the former Borussia of Dortmund will delay his position to a defense that would leave Feddal, who continues to negotiate his signing for Valencia. In the center of the field would enter the canterano Edgar, urgent solution found in the subsidiary to balance the team and whose figure has been noticed much more when it has not appeared in the eleven.
Positive first in tennisWho has confirmed having the illness is Thiago Seyboth-Wild, 20-year-old younger Brazilian tennis participant, who by means of his social networks has reported his positive in COVID-19. On this means, Seyboth-Wild is the primary tennis participant with coronavirus, not less than formally: “I’ve been remoted since final week and following the directions of the medical doctors. This virus could be very critical. Keep residence and keep away from contact with different folks, “he stated in a video posted on Twitter.It ought to be famous that Seyboth-Wild, one of the gamers with probably the most promising future on the circuit, a number of weeks in the past he gained the title at ATP 250 in Santiago de Chile, in addition to taking part in the qualifying spherical on the Davis Cup finals in opposition to Australia (fell to Millman). Final week the alarm went off on the planet tennis: the Australian tennis participant Bernard Tomic had signs of the coronavirus. However these claims have been rapidly denied by Andrea Petkovic, and is that the German tennis participant was emphatic about it when stating that every thing was an invention Tomic, who on previous events has already been surrounded by controversy as a consequence of playing points.“Everyone knows that he’s a insurgent, his Balkan traits of his household are appreciated in his character. He’s continuously speaking nonsense and the final one was that she had coronavirus. I wrote myself just a few days in the past and he acknowledged me that it was all a lie and that not even he is aware of why he did it, “stated the German tennis participant on the portal GoTennis, purpose why the potential illness of Tomic is in doubt.
6. Due to all of the above, the Administrative Council of the Portuguese Football Federation decided, after listening to its members, that the national competitions of all levels of football and futsal training, male and female, should be concluded, without result with any immediate sports effect.7. In this way, no titles will be awarded in the referred competitions, nor will the promotion and descent regime be applied.8. The complexity of the situation resulting from the current state of emergency in Portugal led to this decision by the Portuguese Football Federation, in which it is accompanied by the 22 District and Regional Associations that will also give effect to its competitions aimed at soccer and futsal training levels.9. The decision now made aims to protect the population, especially the youth and children who love soccer, protecting them and all members of their family from the dangers that are very present. In this way, the primary value of the health and development of these young people and children will be guaranteed, in the possible security and stability.10. Recognizing the invaluable role of clubs, as coaches of soccer players, but still of youth and children, the Portuguese Soccer Federation is confident of its support for this exceptional measure. They too, in security and stability, will be able to prepare in the best possible way for the 2020/21 season.11. The remaining competitions organized by the Portuguese Football Federation are still suspended.12. The situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be monitored by the emergency group created by the President of the Portuguese Football Federation, which can review, expand or reduce the measures currently implemented. “ The Portuguese Football Federation has released this Friday a statement announcing the end of all competitions for young people and training for the coronavirus.The statement reads as follows:“1. On March 10, 2020, the Portuguese Football Federation ordered the suspension of all national events in soccer and futsal training classes between March 14 and 28, when 41 cases of infection by coronavirus in Portugal.2. Decree Law No. 10-A / 2020, of March 13, determined the suspension of academic and non-academic activities and training with the presence of students in public, private and cooperative schools and the social sector, supporting preschool, basic, secondary and higher education and in social facilities to support early childhood or disability.3. This measure began on March 16, 2020 and will be reevaluated on April 9, 2020, and may be extended after the reevaluation.4. The country is currently in a state of emergency, a regime that will remain in force until April 2, a period that, as is well known, can also be extended.5. Given that it is very likely that the measures mentioned in points 3 and 4 extend over time and that an inseparable link persists between school and sport, the Portuguese Football Federation understood that the priority of parents, grandparents, Children and grandchildren should obviously be dedicated to protecting each other and to school requirements, in the name of the right to health protection.
King and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Injury may have ruined his 2015 season but that hasn’t stopped Jason Livermore from thinking big. Axed by a leg ailment during last year’s National Championship 100 metre final, the 27 year-old Livermore is already looking forward to this season’s Nationals. He says his coach, Michael Clarke, is helping him to get back to his best. A late developer, the powerfully built Livermore slowly improved after finishing fourth in the 2007 Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 100 metre final won by Yohan Blake for St Jago High in the record time of 10.21 seconds. His patient work paid off in 2013 when he took a bronze medal in the 200m at the Central American and Caribbean Championships and reached the semis of the event at the World Championships in Moscow. He followed that with a solid 2014 campaign and a bronze in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games. Sadly, the progress stopped last year. Not long after he helped Jamaica to win the 4x200m at the IAAF World Relays, his dreams of running in Beijing at the World Championships were crushed by his injury at the Nationals. He isn’t looking back at that disappointment. “Things have been going great, thanks to God,” he said. “My coach is ensuring that I do the necessary things to get me back where I was and better than I was before.” His coach Michael Clarke had directed him to personal bests of 10.05 for the 100m and 20.13 seconds in the 200m in 2013. He knows that he may need to be better than he was before to qualify for the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2015, six Jamaicans ran faster than his 100m lifetime best and three surpassed his career best in the 200m. Livermore is undaunted and seems to relish the competition. “Things are looking forward for now in the sprints because there are a lot of athletes in Jamaica, especially young sprinters,” he observed. “Looking at the sprints right now,” he projected, “2016 Jamaica trials is going to be a very lovely.” His target is simple. “It has always been the same … just go to trials, make the finals and be in the top three,” he said.
Club faces sanction after player shows Putin shirt ISTANBUL (AP): European football’s governing body charged Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and one of its players with improper conduct on Wednesday for revealing a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on his T-shirt after a politically charged game in Turkey. UEFA rules prohibit political statements at its matches, and the laws of football ban players from revealing images and slogans on underclothing. Lokomotiv player Dmitri Tarasov took off his team shirt to reveal the Putin T-shirt after his team lost to Turkish side Fenerbahce 2-0 in Istanbul on Tuesday in the Europa League. Emblazoned beneath the image of Putin wearing a Russian navy cap were the words in Russian: “The most polite president.” UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge the case on March 17. Sri Lanka pick Herath in WT20 squad COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Star spin bowler Rangana Herath returns to the shortest format of cricket after two years as Sri Lanka chose a mix of experience and youth for their 15-member squad for the World Twenty20 starting next month. Herath hadn’t played in a Twenty20 international since the final of the last edition of World T20 in 2014. Sri Lanka won the title, defeating India in the final. The squad announced yesterday also includes captain Lasith Malinga and his deputy Angelo Mathews, who because of injuries missed a three-match series against India that ended this week. The tournament begins in India on March 8. The squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath and Jeffrey Vandersay.
Weather: Fine Track: GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO&NB4YO(NW3O/T)-REST.STAKES1. * SILVER CLOUD OWalker 53.02. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 54.0 1 1/4L3. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 53.0 1L4. CRUISING MOTION PFrancis 52.0 3/4LLate scratch : #7 SUPERTRONICSWIN: $90.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 4yo gr colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of PREACH PREACHER by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by WAYNE A. DACOSTAQuinella : (2,3) $115.00 Exacta : (2-3) $223.00Trifecta : (2-3-4) $77.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)1. * MACALLAN OEdwards3 51.02. BLUE MOON JInnis4 48.0 3L3. BOLD SYMPHONY AChatrie 54.0 Head4. KING D OMullings 56.0 1 3/4LWIN: $78.00PLACE: $55.00, $65.00, $55.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – MARKET RALLY out of TAIWANA by LANGFUHRTrainer : AZAN,RICHARD N Owner : MILADE AZAN & RICHARD AZAN & WILBERT BAGWANDEEN & GRAHAM BROWNBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $525.00 Exacta : (3-2) $610.00D/E : (2-3) $212.00Superfecta : (3-2-7-6) $2,753.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. * BONGO KING SEllis 53.02. DINNER BY SEVEN DaneNelson 52.5 3 1/4L3. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 53.5 2 1/4L4. WINGS OF HOPE OWhite 52.0 3 1/4LWIN: $104.00PLACE: $56.00, $74.00, $80.00Final Time : 1:14.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – URBAN KING out of VALADY by Trainer : FRANCIS,EVERAL C Owner : EVERAL C FRANCISBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $217.00 Exacta : (3-7) $384.00D/E : (3-3) $189.00Trifecta : (3-7-1) $314.00Rolling Triple : (2-3-3) $373.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)1. * BIG DATA DaneNelson 54.02. SWEET DESTINY SEllis 54.0 2 1/2L3. BUCK CALL AGray4 50.5 2 1/2L4. BURNING EXIT OWalker 54.0 3 1/2LWIN: $79.00PLACE: $58.00, $83.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – MARKET RALLY out of HISHI BLOSSOM by MACHO UNOTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : OAKRIDGE FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.NOTE: HORSE #4 NEHEMIAH FINISHED 1ST BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 8THQuinella : (5,7) $84.00 Exacta : (7-5) $127.00D/E : (3-7) $160.00Superfecta : (7-5-6-3) $730.00Rolling Triple : (3-3-7) $243.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. * QUEEN OF THE TOWN SEllis 55.02. DEPUTY HEADGIRL JErwin 53.0 Neck3. MEGAHERTZ OWhite 48.5 5L4. DANISH BROWN OMullings 52.0 Sh.Head5. IDON’TKNOW MWard4 48.0 3/4LLate scratch : #7 KING DIAMONDWIN: $112.00PLACE: $78.00, $82.00Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.4, ,Winner : 6yo b mare – RIZZI LEE out of ISSEY MIYAKE by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : GERAINT E PARCHMENTBred by DONOVAN PLUMMER & ALRICK MIGNOTTQuinella : (5,8) $245.00 Exacta : (5-8) $390.00D/E : (7-5) $196.00Trifecta : (5-8-4) $798.00Hi-5 : (5-8-4-6-9) $13,450.00Rolling Triple : (3-7-5) $255.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.I)1. SEAL THE DEAL DaneNelson 55.02. MEDICAL INSTINCT JPatterson4 49.0 1/2L3. MIRACLE TRAIN RMairs 54.0 Neck4. SEQUOYAH KPowell 54.0 1/2L5. EAZY STEPPING ADancel 52.0 1L6. * WICKED TUFF RLahoe 56.0 3/4LWIN: $140.00PLACE: $75.00, $133.00, $107.00Final Time : 1:23.4 Splits : 23.4, 48.1, 1:15.2,Winner : 5yo b colt – SHUFFLING MADDNES out of HAIL THE I by HAIL ORPHANTrainer : DARBY,RYAN O Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQuinella : (1,4) $1,103.00 Exacta : (1-4) $1,696.00D/E : (5-1) $409.00Trifecta : (1-4-2) $843.00Hit-6 : (1-4-2-6-10-) $32,222.00Rolling Triple : (7-5-1) $438.00Pick-4 : (3-7-5-1) $1,004.00Super-6 : (2-3-3-7-5-1) $1,125.90Race 7 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.II)1. LARUSA JInnis4 48.02. * OMEGA RMairs 54.0 1/2L3. GIRSHOM LSteadman3 53.0 1L4. TO THE WORLD SMuir 53.0 1 1/4L5. COOL U BOOTS RHalledeen 53.0 3LDNF #11 MISS ADDI OWhite 52.0WIN: $4813.00PLACE: $318.00, $81.00, $74.00Final Time : 1:23.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, 1:15.1,Winner : 6yo ch mare – TRACKING out of YOURPOINTISMADE by YOUMADEYOURPOINTTrainer : HARDIAL,RUDOLPH M Owner : RICARDO M DURRANTBred by PHILIP A. AZARQuinella : (3,10) $9,338.00 Exacta : (10-3) $22,154.00D/E : (1-10) $89,961.00Trifecta : (10-3-9) $89,520.00Hi-5 : (10-3-9-6-4) $79,888.25Rolling Triple : (5-1-10) $358.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)-FILLIES & MARES1. WELL BLESSED OWalker 51.52. FOREST FLAME AMartin 54.0 2 1/2L3. * FIRE ALARM DaneNelson 53.0 2 1/2L4. MONALISASMILE JErwin 53.5 3 3/4L5. VALLEY OF QUEENS MWard4 48.0 NeckLate scratch : #4 NASDAQ PRINCESS, #6 DOOLAHIN, #11 I HAVE A DREAMWIN: $194.00PLACE: $54.00, $53.00, $52.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.2, 45.3, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – BURNING MARQUE out of SO BLESSED byTrainer : THOMAS,JOSEPH Owner : JOSEPH THOMASBred by DUNKLEY (SR.), TREVOR ROYQuinella : (8,12) $443.00 Exacta : (8-12) $670.00D/E : (10-8) $9,635.00 (10-4) $115.00Trifecta : (8-12-5) $345.00Hi-5 : (8-12-5-7-1) $19,862.00Rolling Triple : (1-10-8) $39,962.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. POTCHEEN JErwin 57.02. PUDDY POOH OEdwards3 50.0 1/2L3. * ROYAL ASSAULT PFrancis 51.0 1 1/4L4. #2 SMOKEY TOPAZ DaneNelson 52.5 1 1/2LLate scratch : #1 TARANISWIN: $186.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.2, 44.3, ,Winner : 7yo b horse – TRADITIONAL out of BUBBLE GUM HOTTIE by HERMITAGETrainer : PARSARD,HARRY Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (4,5) $301.00 Exacta : (5-4) $581.00D/E : (8-5) $1,951.00Trifecta : (5-4-6) $131.00Rolling Triple : (10-8-5) $1,802.00Race 10 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. SIRMANDI LSteadman3 53.02. * TECHNOCAT ADancel 57.0 2 1/4L3. CAUSE FOR CONCERN JErwin 54.0 2 1/2L4. YES WE WILL RWilson 54.0 Neck5. WRIGHT AWAY DaneNelson 55.0 1/2LDNF #4 POWERFUL RED RMairs 54.0 32/1WIN: $259.00PLACE: $156.00, $95.00, $223.00Final Time : 1:44.1 Splits : 25.0, 48.4, 1:15.0,Winner : 7yo b horse – GHOST RANSOM out of DAME O’ MANDY by WISE EMISSARYTrainer : BEECHAM,MICHAEL A Owner : MICHAEL A BEECHAMBred by DR. PATRICK GRAHAMQuinella : (5,10) $495.00 Exacta : (10-5) $1,129.00D/E : (5-10) $1,197.00Trifecta : (10-5-12) $3,679.00Hi-5 : (10-5-12-14-11) $136,042.00Rolling Triple : (8-5-10) $15,622.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $511,782.05Super-6 : Carry-over : $3,820,822.68Pick-9 : (3-3-7-5-1-10-8-5-10) $10,457.00 (3-3-7-5-1-10-8-5-10) $188.00 Carry-over : $2,708,382.60PlacePot 8 : (3,7-5,7-5,8-1,4-3,10-8,12-4,5-5,10) $3,451.00
MUMBAI, India (CMC): Chris Gayle says it was a remark from close teammate, Sulieman Benn, before the start of the West Indies innings, that inspired his scintillating hundred against England on Wednesday. “I was focused and I was a little bit pumped as well. Just before I went out to bat, Sulieman Benn said to me ‘Chris you’ve got to entertain me’,” Gayle said. “Sometimes when someone says such things like that, it kind of actually gives you a bit of buzz as well so Sulieman gave me that spark. I said ‘I’m going to entertain my teammate’. He’s my drinking partner as well so we’re going to have few beers … it’s good to get off on a winning note.” The left-handed Gayle was superb, smashing five fours and 11 massive sixes as he stormed to exactly 100 not out, in the Windies opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup. He needed just 47 balls to reach his landmark, to record the third fastest hundred in T20 Internationals. He put on 55 for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels, who hit a cameo 37, added a further 46 for the third wicket with Denesh Ramdin (12), before combining in a match-winning unbroken fifth wicket stand of 70 off 35 balls with Andre Russell, who finished with a run-a-ball 16 not out. “The preparation has been really, really good. There (were) a lot of throw downs with (coach) Stuart Williams and it has helped a lot,” the 36-year-old said. “It’s all about practicing your skills and then you can exploit them out there in the middle. It worked for me today, it’s a good wicket to bat on and we were chasing a decent total on that sort of wicket, but the dew played a part as well so it was good to get set and take it from there.” On 15 from 12 balls when Samuels fell, Gayle then opened up, racing to his half-century off another 15 balls and then using another 20 deliveries to get to three figures. Gayle said Samuels’s cameo had paved the way for him to play freely. “After facing (my first) over, it actually took a while to get back on strike, but I didn’t lose my composure,” Gayle recalled. “He (Samuels) was getting the boundaries as well so that was actually pretty good because then that kind of eased the pressure a bit and actually gave me a chance to pace my innings and then work out which bowler I was going to take down … and keep ahead of the run rate or keep within the run rate. “It was a fantastic innings and I am really happy to finish the game and not leave it for anyone.” Preparation