Gayle fires Windies to T20 series win over Australia

    Chris Gayle became the first person to reach the milestone of 14,000 T20 runs. Photo: CWI

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    Chris Gayle became the first person to reach the milestone of 14,000 T20 runs. Photo: CWI

    Chris Gayle hit 67 of the 38 balls as the West Indians sealed a six-game win over Australia in the third 20th international title in St. Lucia on Monday to take an indifferent 3-0 lead in a series of five games.

    Chasing a mediocre 142 for victory, after Moises Henriques (33) and Ashton Turner (24) lined up Australia’s first half-century, the West Indies returned to style thanks to Gayle’s blitzkrieg of seven six.

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    It was the first T20 half-century of 41 years since 2016, having just appeared in the shortest form for the national team in recent years.

    Captain Nicholas Pooran, who fought for the injured Kieron Pollard, was undefeated at 32.

    “It’s a wonderful journey. I’m so happy and very happy to have won a series. I just want to commend Pooran for winning a fantastic series against a great team,” said Gayle.

    “You all knew I was fighting with the bat and being able to run was fun.”

    Australia won and chose to win first and had made a solid start before opener Matthew Wade (23) by Obed Macoi and Mitchell Mars (nine) were trapped before Fabian Allen as the visitors reached 72-2 at 10 exaggeration.

    Footballer Hayden Walsh then rejected Alex Carey (13) and captain Aaron Finch (30) in the 12th pass to leave Australia in trouble at 80-4, but Henriques and Turner recovered.

    The duo put in 59 runs for the fifth wicket before Henriques was caught in the deep mid-wicket by Allen by Dwayne Bravo in the final over and Turner was left out.

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