Gayle gets Windies through

Chris Gayle belted 98 to propel the West Indies to 169-6 in an otherwise forgettable batting display and ultimately pushed the game from India’s reach.

West Indies’ total proved to great for India; their deep batting lineup yet again shrinking against the short ball, falling 14 runs short. The defeat leaves India staring their third global tournament exit in a row. India’s top-order weren’t given full early on, with the hosts keeping their promise of a short ball barrage; even the short deliveries of Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo troubled them.

But India may feel a touch hard done by, Rohit Sharma’s dismissal (after the ball lobbed off his arm to the keeper) controversially beginning their downhill slide at 38 for 3, and taking the require rate into double digits. Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, then held together in a crucial 42- run stand, but the match was again left in the hands of captain MS Dhoni.

Despite a well-played 29, which put his side back into contention (needing 32 from the final two overs) Dhoni could not press on, falling in the first ball of the nineteenth. The over, bowled by Kemar Roach, included four wides but, containing two wickets, was contextually a success. From their the tail was incapable of meeting the required run-rate and fell cheaply in the attempt.

Unlike West Indies’ effort, the Indian fielding earlier was below par, spilling two chances, one of which proved extremely expensive – Gayle dropped on 47, who exploded thereafter; blasting 51 off 26 deliveries. Entering the final over on 96, Gayle looked like becoming the first player to score two T20 International hundreds. However, after Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan were removed by Ashish Nehra, he was run-out attempting a second.

His 80-run pairing with Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the driving force behind the West Indies atting, with the following batsmen making brief stays at the crease; cameos from Sammy (18 from 10) and Keiron Pollard (17 from 11) not without mention.

Looking ahead the West Indies’ will be wary of Australia, who they will need to beat in order to secure a place the semi-finals.

West Indies 169-6 (20 overs)
Chris Gayle 98, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 23, Ashish Nehra 3-35
India 155-9 (20 overs)
Suresh Raina 32, MS Dhoni 29, Kemar Roach 2-38
West Indies won by 14 runs

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