Gayle’s fiery knock takes West Indies to 240 for 7 in rain-curtailed third ODI

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In what seems to be his swan-song look for the West Indies, Chris Gayle smashed his approach to a 72-run knock, main the hosts to a aggressive 240 for seven towards India within the rain-curtailed third and ultimate ODI right here on Wednesday.

India’s goal was revised to 255 in 35 overs.

The climate continued to play havoc on this tour because the rain compelled two interruptions after the hosts elected to bat within the match, which they should win to degree the collection.

West Indies reached a wholesome 158 for 2 in 22 overs when rain compelled a second interruption and at resumption the competition was lowered to 35-overs-a-side.

Shai Hope (24) and Shimron Hetmyer (25) resumed the innings however they didn’t final lengthy with Mohammed Shami dismissing the latter and Ravindra Jadeja cleansing up the previous.

Nicholas Pooran performed a whirlwind 16-ball 30-run knock to take the hosts previous the 200-run mark. The left-hander well dealt with the Indian spinners, launching Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal for large sixes.

Shami struck once more by sending again Pooran, who chipped a full-length supply straight to Mainsh Pandey. Carlos Brathwaite added 16 runs with a six and a 4.

Gayle got here out with a transparent plan to assault the Indian bowlers, taking advantage of what appeared his final worldwide efficiency.

Whether or not it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami or Khaleel Ahmed (three/68), no Indian pacer was spared with Gayle hammering them for sixes with exceptional ease.

Spinner Chahal was the one bowler who commanded some respect from the West Indian marauder.

The left-handed opener – the self proclaimed Universe Boss – punished the Indian bowlers with 5 sixes and eight pictures to the fence in his entertaining knock.

He added 115 runs with fellow opener Evin Lewis, who was equally spectacular together with his 29-ball 43 which was laced with 5 fours and three sixes.

It was Chahal who introduced some aid for the Indian camp by dismissing Lewis and shortly Gayle too departed by hitting one straight to rival captain Virat Kohli at mid-off.

Quickly after his dismissal, the Indian gamers rushed in the direction of Gayle, shaking palms with him. Kohli even did Gayle typical jig earlier than the burly West Indian walked off.

Gayle, in his inimitable fashion, put his helmet on the highest of his bat’s deal with and lifted the bat within the air whereas strolling off. Close to the boundary ropes, he hurled the helmet within the air solely to catch it again.