Gayle thunders as Windies rout Australia

Published: Sunday, June 7, 2009, 9:06 [IST]
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Gayle blitz drowns Australia

Oval: West Indies captain Chris Gayle smashed an impressive 88 runs from 50 balls on their way to seven-wicket win in the their first match of the World Twenty20 tournament on Saturday.

An audacious and skillful innings by Gayle, including six sixes and six fours, completely devastated Australia. Gayle also shared a brilliant 133 run partnership with Andre Fletcher (53) for the first wicket.


The West Indies, chasing 170 for victory, finished on 172 for three with more than four overs to spare. Lee who returned to Australian team was the most 'magnanimous' bowler on Saturday. Windies batsmen scored 56 runs from Lee's four overs.

Australia must now beat Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge on Monday to keep their campaign alive.

Electing to bat first, Australia recovered from a early collapse to score 7-169 in their allotted 20 overs. Aussies were off to a shaky as they lost Watson and captain Ricky Ponting for ducks in a devastating first over by West Indies pace man Jerome Taylor.

But Warner joined Brad Haddin (24) to steady the innings with a 66-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Warner scored a fighting half century to help his side to post a respectable total.

Mike Hussey and David Hussey (27) put on a sixth-wicket stand of 30 runs and the former was unbeaten on 28 at the close.

Taylor, Edwards and Dwayne Bravo claimed two wickets apiece.


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