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Third T20 Report: A Chris Gayle half-century blasted the West Indies to victory over Australia in St Lucia on Monday, clinching the five-match T20 sequence between the edges.
Chasing a modest goal of 142, Gayle recaptured his most damaging type in racing to 67 off solely 38 balls to take his crew to the goal with 5 overs to spare on the Daren Sammy Stadium.
By spearheading the West Indies to an insurmountable 3-0 lead within the sequence, the 41-year-old additionally despatched an ominous warning that he might but be an element within the Caribbean facet’s defence of the World T20 title later this yr.
Gayle’s pyrotechnics adopted one other environment friendly West Indies efficiency within the discipline as wrist-spinner Hayden Walsh once more introduced the best problem to the Australians with figures of two for 18 in limiting the guests to 141 for six.
All-rounder Moises Henriques topscored with 33 and struck the one two sixes of his crew’s innings.
Henriques’ contribution adopted his facet’s finest opening partnership of the sequence — 41 — between captain Aaron Finch and Matthew Wade.
Nonetheless, the tempo of the innings dropped significantly once they have been separated by Obed McCoy in what proved to be the seamer’s solely over of the innings.
‘I nonetheless have it’
Mitchell Marsh fell cheaply for the primary time within the sequence and when Walsh accounted for Alex Carey and Finch in the identical over, their hopes of a primary formidable complete of this marketing campaign successfully got here to an finish given the relative inexperience of their batting line-up.
Walsh ought to have claimed a 3rd wicket however stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran missed an easy stumping provided by Henriques who managed to make some use of the reprieve.
But all of that effort was put into correct context by Gayle’s muscular efficiency — his first T20 worldwide half-century in six years, with seven sixes and 4 fours.
Absolutely conscious of all of the hypothesis off the sector as to his worth to the crew, he went after the Australian bowlers not lengthy after arriving on the crease within the opening over when Mitchell Starc dismissed Andre Fletcher.
Starc would really emerge comparatively unscathed from the celebrated power-hitter’s assault, returning his most economical T20I figures ever of 1 for 15 from 4 overs.
Nonetheless, all the opposite bowlers felt the burden of Gayle’s bat though paceman Riley Meredith had the comfort of selecting up three wickets, together with the rampaging Jamaican, for the primary time in his transient T20I profession.
“I’ve to thank my total crew for the religion they’ve proven in me as a result of everybody is aware of the struggles I’ve had with the bat in the previous couple of matches,” stated Gayle on receiving the Man of the Match award.
“They’ve all stood up for me and I’m glad that I used to be in a position to get up at this time and ship to remind everybody that I nonetheless have it in me to do one thing particular on the World T20.”
Gayle handed 14,000 runs in all T20 matches in the course of the innings, the one participant to thus far attain that milestone.
For Finch, it was one other case of his crew failing to satisfy the anticipated requirements.
“We actually ought to have constructed on that begin however I did not assist the state of affairs after I obtained out and once you’re enjoying a crew like this with a lot expertise and so many world-class gamers it’s all the time going to be robust,” he defined.
“Sure, we’re lacking quite a few key gamers right here however that’s no excuse. We count on higher of ourselves and have not managed that but thus far on this sequence.”
With inputs from AFP.
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