West Indies vs Australia: West Indies are definitely a force to beckon when it comes to T20 cricket and the defending T20 World Cup champions showed their class in the ongoing T20I series against Australia. West Indies registered an impressive 6-wicket win in the third T20I to take an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five-match T20I series against Australia.
The Universe Boss Chris Gayle looked in a terrific touch in the third T20I match against Australia. During the 11th over of the chase, Gayle smacked Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa for three sixes in a row. With the third consecutive six, the veteran West Indies batsman also notched up his first T20I half-century since 2016.
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Chris Gayle also reached the landmark of 14,000 T20 runs during the third T20I against the Aussies.
Australia recorded a total of 141 for 6 in their quota of 20 overs. There were some useful contributions from several batsmen but none of the Aussie players managed to score a half-century. For West Indies, Hayden Walsh was once again amongst the wickets as he dismissed Aaron Finch and Alex Carey. During the second innings, West Indies lost both their openers, Lendl Simmons and Andre Fletcher quite early. But then Gayle and captain Nicholas Pooran compiled a brilliant partnership of 67 runs to help their team register a comfortable win.
West Indies chased down the target in just 14.5 overs. Gayle was adjudged the Man of the Match for his incredible innings of 67 runs off just 38 balls that included 7 sixes and 4 fours.
“It’s been a great journey. I’m so happy and pleased to get a series win. Congrats to the stand-in captain for achieving this against a great team. From a person point of view, we all know that I was struggling. So it was pleasing to get runs. I want to dedicate these runs to my teammates. Especially Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo. Sometimes, no matter how great you are, you need to get some talking to. The strength and unity in this team is immense.
During the series against Sri Lanka when I got back in the squad, I was trying to do a different role than be myself. I don’t mind the numbers, soon to be 42 so you all should be glad that Chris Gayle is still playing. My real target is the World Cup and hope I’ll last till then. They (Australia) lost a lot of players and are looking to rebuild. With the World Cup looming, this is a good test for them,” said Chris Gayle after the match.
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