Chris Gayle smashed 88 off 50 balls as the West Indies crushed Australia by seven wickets in their World T20 match at The Oval on Saturday.
The West Indian captain, who scored a hundred in the opening match of the 2007 World T20 against South Africa, showed just why he prefers this form of the game to Test cricket, hitting six fours and six sixes in an unforgettable innings.
With the Windies needing 170 to win, Gayle and Andre Fletcher were involved in an opening partnership of 113, before the latter was dismissed for 53 in the 12th over.
Brett Lee bore the brunt of that onslaught, conceding 51 runs in three overs, including 27 in one, although he did regain some pride by having Gayle caught when just 13 more runs were needed for victory.
Earlier in the day, Australia posted a seemingly competitive total of 169-7, thanks mainly to David Warner, who struck 63 off 53 balls.
The Aussies had been tottering on 15-3 after losing Shane Watson (0), Ricky Ponting (0) and Michael Clarke (2) within the first four overs, before Haddin and Warner steadied the ship. The wicketkeeper-batsman eventually went for 24 with the score on 81, and good knocks from the Hussey brothers got them to close to 170. In the end, though, it wasn’t nearly enough.
Australia 169-7 (20 overs)
David Warner 63, Mike Hussey 28*, David Hussey 27, Brad Haddin 24, Dwayne Bravo 2-31, Jerome Taylor 2-33, Fidel Edwards 2-34
West Indies 172-3 (15.5 overs)
Chris Gayle 88, Andre Fletcher 53, Mitchell Johnson 1-26
West Indies won by seven wickets
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