Gayle's presence made ton very special: Samuels

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Published: Monday, July 9, 2012, 11:32 [IST]
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'Carribean ton made special by Gayle'

Kingston, Jul 9: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has said Chris Gayle's presence made his first international century at Carribean very special after winning the second one day international against New Zealand and taking a 2-0 in the series at Kingston on Saturday.

Pleased with his unbeaten knock of 101, Marlon Samuels said it was exciting to be involved in a 129-run partnership with Gayle for the third wicket, as they beat New Zealand by 55 runs at Sabina Park on Saturday.

"I played exactly the way I wanted to today. Chris set the stage with his awesome power at the top of the innings and then I was able to come in and add the finishing touches," Samuels said.

"It was an enjoyable day for me and the team. It was special to do it with so many people who have done so much for me in my life watching.

Samuels who played with team mate Gayle after a long time, said it was a delight to bat with the Jamaican, who also smashed 125 to set the tone for the Windies against Kiwis in the second ODI

Having scored his first international ton off just 103 balls at the Carribean, Samuels hit seven fours and a six during his magnificent knock, which sealed another win for Windies.

"It is my first hundred in the Caribbean, the others have been away. The other have been out of my 'comfort zone' ... this one has been in my 'comfort zone'.

"I hadn't batted with Chris for a while, so batting with him today was wonderful and we played well together."

While Gayle who has been Samuels' mentor over the last few years, said his friend's landmark was a special moment.

"I felt he played really well and I'm happy for him. He is a quality player and to see him get a hundred after I got one earlier in the innings is something special," Gayle beamed.


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