West Indies hit a record 23 sixes against England on Wednesday as Chris Gayle fired the hosts to 360-8 in the opening ODI in Barbados. West Indies star Chris Gayle smashed 12 sixes off England's bowling attack to break Shahid Afridi's world record.
On his way to a knock of 135 from 129 balls, Gayle surpassed Afridi's record of most sixes in international cricket and now stands alone at the top with 488 sixes, 12 ahead of the former Pakistan captain.
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum is third on the all time international sixes list, but well behind Gayle and Afridi with 398.
In Barbados on Thursday, Gayle, who recently announced he'll retire from this form of the game after the World Cup, helped West Indies reach a huge total of 360-8 off their 50 overs. It is the West Indies' biggest total on home soil and also their highest ODI total against England.
However, it wasn't enough as Jason Roy and Joe Root scored centuries as England clinched a record-breaking victory.
Roy made 123 and Root 102 as the visitors scored 364-4 to win with eight balls to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the five-game series in front of a near-capacity crowd at Kensington Oval. England's highest successful run chase in one-day was aided by some sloppy West Indies fielding and several dropped catches.
As well as the 12 sixes Gayle hit, there were 11 more from his team-mates, to break another world record.
It was Gayle's 24th ODI century and as he reached that mark he dropped to his knees, then raised his bat, with his helmet placed on top of it.
Gayle was playing in his first ODI match since July last year as he prepares for the Cricket World Cup. It was a day England's Moeen Ali will want to forget quickly as the spinner went for 85 runs from his 10 overs without claiming any wickets.
In England's tour of West Indies, the visitors lost the three-match Test series 2-1 and will eye to a comeback in the five-match ODI series. After the ODI series, both the teams will lock horns in a three-match T20I series, starting from March 5 onwards.