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Gayle fires Windies to T20I series victory over Aussies


Gayle fires Windies to T20I series victory over Aussies
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Gros-Islet – Chris Gayle hit 67 off 38 balls and West Indies sealed a six-wicket win over Australia in the third Twenty20 International on Monday in St Lucia, to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match series.

Chasing a modest 142 for victory, the Windies got home in style thanks to Gayle’s blitzkrieg that included seven sixes.

It was the 41-year-old left-hander’s first T20I half-century in five years after barely featuring in the shortest format for the Caribbean side in recent years.

Stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran was unbeaten on 32.

“It’s a great journey,” Gayle said. “I’m so happy and so pleased to get a series win. I just want to commend stand-in captain Pooran for winning a fantastic series against a great team.

“You all knew I was struggling with the bat and to be able to get some runs was pleasing.”

Left-arm pacer Obed McCoy gave West Indies an early breakthrough when he bowled opener Matthew Wade for 23 after Australia won the toss and chose to bat.

Fabian Allen trapped Mitchell Marsh, the Aussies’ most successful batsman in the series, lbw for nine in the ninth over and the visitors labour to 72 for two in the 10th over.

Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr struck twice in the 12th over, when he had Alex Carey caught at extra cover for 13 and Australia captain Aaron Finch caught at deep mid-wicket for 30 after a ricochet off Dwayne Bravo resulted in an acrobatic, and very alert, catch by Allen on the rebound.

West Indies met resistance, however, with Australia in trouble at 80 for four, when Moises Henriques made 33 and Ashton Turner added 24 and put on their side’s first half-century stand of the series of 59 for the fifth wicket.

In the final over, Bravo had Henriques caught at deep mid-wicket, and Turner was run out.