4th ODI: Gayle, Sarwan run India ragged; 324/4

Published: Saturday, November 16, 2002, 0:29 [IST]
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Ahemdabad: Chris Gayle hit a quick fire 140 and Ramnaresh Sarwan an unbeaten 99 as the West Indies hammered India's bowlers in the fourth One-day International on Friday.

Gayle smashed five sixes and 12 fours in his third One-day century as the tourists posted an imposing 324 for four after being sent to bat in the day-night match. The aggressive left-hander put on 80 for the opening wicket with Wavell Hinds (24) off just nine overs and 148 for the third with Sarwan, who missed his maiden One-day hundred by just one run. The West Indies batting flourished during the trouble-free evening session in front of nearly 50,000 spectators at the heavily guarded Motera Stadium. The first three matches were all marred by disturbances from the stands. Gayle, who scored 103 and 72 in the last two games, continued to relish the Indian attack, going for big shots from the start to force rival captain Saurav Ganguly to try out as many as eight bowlers. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra suffered the most as Gayle hit three consecutive fours and a six to plunder 18 runs in one over. Gayle raced to his half-century off just 30 balls in an awesome display of big hitting on the easy-paced wicket. Ganguly relied on his spinners to check the flow of runs after Nehra had conceded 45 in his opening four overs and Javagal Srinath 37 in five. Spinners Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik managed to restrict the West Indies in middle-overs, but Gayle made the most of part-time bowlers late in the innings to help his team maintain an impressive run-rate. Gayle fell in the 40th over, but not before setting the stage for the closing-overs onslaught. Sarwan hit eight fours and skipper Carl Hooper five in his unbeaten 36 off 27 balls as West Indies plundered 80 runs in the final 10 overs.

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