Kingston (Jamaica): West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo says he had "sent a message" to Chris Gayle as he was making a mockery of the Sri Lankan attack, asking the opener to try and go for a bonus-point win in the first match of the Tri-nation One-Day series.
Chasing 209, Gayle eventually did manage a bonus-point six-wicket win as he smashed a 100-ball 109 to lead his team to victory with as many as 73 balls to spare at the Sabina Park.
"In the 29th over, we sent a message to Chris to try and win it with a bonus point," Bravo said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
He further added: "Winning the first game is always important. It was important to rotate the bowlers on a flat wicket. We kept taking wickets and stifling their innings."
Opting to field, West Indies rode on Sunil Narine's 4/40 to bowl out Sri Lanka for a modest total despite skipper Angelo Mathews' battling, unbeaten half-century.
"Narine is our mystery bowler, happy to have him," Bravo said. Man of the Match Gayle was happy to have got the runs in front of his home crowd.
"(It's) been a while having got a century, really good to get it in front of the home crowd," Gayle said.
"We restricted them well on a good batting wicket, we utilized the conditions well in the morning. The opening partnership was vital. Coming from England and getting a century was a good thing for me. I am home, you know the conditions well," he added.