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West Indies sweat on Gayle's fitness ahead of second ODI

Chris Gayle scored 22 runs in the opening game
Chris Gayle scored 22 runs in the opening game

West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle is a doubtful starter for the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch due to illness.

The swashbuckling left-hander scored 22 runs off 31 deliveries in the opening game of the series in Whangarei but did not take the field in the second innings.

"He took ill," said West Indies coach Stuart Law.

"He's going to seek further medical advice once we arrive in Christchurch tomorrow.

"At this point in time, I can't give you any further details of what's going on."

The 38-year-old has been in tremendous form as seen during the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League where he slammed unbeaten knocks of 126 and 146 in the play-off and final thereby leading his team Rangpur Riders to a maiden title.

New Zealand already have a 1-0 lead in the series following their five-wicket win in the first game and will take on West Indies in the second ODI at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

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