Chris Gayle goes to 14,000 runs, as the West Indies beat Australia by 6 wickets to win the series
Chris Gayle smashed seven sixes and four fours as he topscored in another clinical performance from the West Indies as they won the third CG Insurance T20I on Monday night.
West Indies were run-away winners for the third time in a row to clinch the series with two matches still to be played. Gayle powered his way to 67 off 38 balls as West Indies easily made off 142-4 off 14.5 overs overs in reply to Australia’s 141-6 off 20 overs. He became the first batsman to score 14,000 T20 runs as he registered his 14th T20I half-century for West Indies.
West Indies 142/4 (14.5 ov)
Australia 141/6 (20 ov)
West Indies won by 6 wickets
The strong left-hander looked dangerous from the start of his knock, as he hit pacer Josh Hazlewood for a six over long-on in the second over. He was particularly brutal against leg-spinner Adam Zampa, going past the 14,000-run milestone with a six in the ninth over, before he hit him for three consecutive maximums in the 11th over to reach his half-century. Stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran made 32 not out with four fours and a six as he added 67 for the third wicket with Gayle.
Earlier Australia captain Aaron Finch opted to bat first but Australia managed just 11 fours and two sixes in their score. They scored just 69 runs off the last 10 overs, three fewer than in the first 10. Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen (1-26 off four overs) and Hayden Walsh (2-18 off four overs), and veteran medium pacer Dwayne Bravo (1-17 off three overs) were superb for the home team.
The two teams will meet in the fourth CG Insurance T20I on Wednesday night. First ball is 7:30pm (6:30pm Jamaica Time).
West Indies - Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(c)(wk), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards
Australia - Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(wk), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Ben McDermott, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Start Time: 00:30
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet
Officials: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson, Patrick Gustard, Leslie Reifer, Richard Richardson
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