In a long time, a West Indies side has started a tournament as favourites, and, they seem to be enjoying the attention. Chris Gayle was playing almost at the other side of the world from his beloved Kingston, but it must have felt like he was batting in his backyard at Sabina Park, Jamaica.
Such was the support he evoked from the Colombo crowd on Saturday.
Buoyed by the vociferous crowd, Gayle played a typically belligerent Twenty20 innings to provide an electrifying start to his team in the tournament.
Making the most of an early reprieve, the left-hand batsman entertained with some lusty blows, sending the weekend crowd into a frenzy with four huge sixes on way to a 33-ball 54. The left-hand opener and Marlon Samuels played a starring role in their team finishing on a total of 191 for eight.
However, you can never count the Australians out. The seasoned kangaroos, led by Shane Watson, David Warner and Mike Hussey, replied with a typically gutsy performance. The game was enticingly poised when rain hit Colombo with Australia at 100 for one in 9.1 overs. Etc etera
According to the Duckworth Lewis rule, the Aussies were ahead by 17 runs, the par score at that time being 83 and were declared winners.
Earlier, Gayle was surprisingly slow off the blocks. The Jamaican giant didn't react even when he was hit on the helmet in the first over by Shane Watson.
His woke up only when he mishit while trying to smash Mitchel Starc down the ground and the leading edge flew to the third-man but Shane Watson surprisingly dropped the catch.
Brief scores: West Indies: 191 for 8 (Chris Gayle 54, Marlon Samuels 50, Dwayne Bravo 27; Mitchell Starc 3 for 35); Australia: 100 for 1 in 9.1 overs (Shane Watson 41, David Warner 28, Mike Hussey 28) (Rain stopped play)