Barbados, Feb23: Shimron Hetmyer's century set the stage for West Indies, while Sheldon Cottrell drew the curtains on England with some stellar bowling to hand the home side a 26-run win in their second ODI and level the series.
Gayle scored at a faster clip than in his previous innings, picking off four sixes, including one lost ball over the stands, on his way to 50 off 63 deliveries.
Adil Rashid kept out of the attack until the 34th over in the first match, made a much earlier entrance this time, joining the action in the 19th and with good effect. He conceded just two runs to Gayle off six balls and made the crucial breakthrough in just his second over, with a sharp-turning leg break that beat Gayle's swipe and clattered into off stump.
Rashid enhanced his contribution with a wonderful direct hit when Hetmyer set off for a single after turning a Tom Curran delivery towards short third man, where Rashid swooped and fired the ball in to catch Darren Bravo well shy of his ground.
Hetmyer compiled a confident innings highlighted by deft stroke play and, when the situation called for it, sheer power. On 98 with two balls remaining in West Indies' innings, Hetmyer brought up his ton with a boundary off Ben Stokes, his seventh for the match, and he celebrated by skipping down the pitch and punching the air before removing his helmet and raising it in the air, revealing a bright yellow hair-do as he did so.
Given England's history-making chase at the same ground to win the opening match on Wednesday, their latest target of 290 looked highly achievable.
Enter Cottrell, whose career-best 5-46 in the second stanza wrecked England's hopes, while Jason Holder played the best supporting role by claiming three wickets at crucial times to snuff out any prospect of the tourists stealing the show
Cottrell's first wicket, claimed with his second ball of the innings, was poetry, full, fast delivery which slammed into the pad on middle stump, leaving Jonny Bairstow in no doubt about his fate.
Cottrell began his second over with another important wicket as Roy.
Morgan was dropped twice, once by Hetmyer on 41 and then by Ashley Nurse on 51. He went on to score 70, but when Cottrell returned to the attack, it took him just eight deliveries to make an impact with Hetmyer playing a part to keep himself in the limelight.
Even then, with Jos Buttler appearing at the crease the target seemed within reach, although England's run rate had been hovering below that required for quite some time.
With 10 overs remaining, England needed 62 runs off 60 balls but then Holder turned the match with two wickets in as many balls, the first a clever piece of bowling and the second sheer luck. After that double strike from Holder, lower order succumbed to the asking rate and eventually, England lost the match by 26 runs.
Now, The series is level with WI 1 and England 1