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T20 World Cup: David Warner’s 89-hand win in Australia on a harrowing day for the West Indies and Chris Gayle

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David Warner shoots unbeaten 89 to anchor Australia in eight-wicket victory on a poignant day for West Indies icon Chris Gayle on what will likely be his last hurray on the international stage

  • David Warner’s 89 not out helped Australia to a comfortable victory on Saturday
  • It was definitely Dwayne Bravo and probably Chris Gayle’s last West Indian game
  • ‘Universe Boss’ Gayle, 42, and Bravo, 38, were given a guard of honor on the field
  • Gayle’s apparent retirement, not officially confirmed, surprised many fans











David Warner crushed 89 not out to lead Australia to an eight-wicket win over the West Indies at Saturday’s T20 World Cup, with Dwayne Bravo – certainly – and Chris Gayle – probably – playing their final games for the West Indies.

West Indies batted and did well to reach 157-7, led by captain Kieron Pollard’s 31-ball 44 and Andre Russell’s explosive finish. Australia answered 161-2 in 16.2 overs in what turned out to be a comfortable chase.

The West Indies started with a quick 30 runs before collapsing to 35-3, including the wicket of 42-year-old Chris Gayle. He was out for 15, including two unavoidable sixes, in what appeared to be the last innings of the cricket great for the West Indies.

David Warner’s 89* helped Australia to an eight-wicket victory at the T20 World Cup on Saturday

Gayle’s teammate, Bravo, had already announced his retirement from international cricket.

Allrounder Bravo scored 10 in his last innings on Saturday with bowling figures of 0-36 in four overs. Like Gayle, 38-year-old Bravo won the T20 World Cup with the West Indies in 2012 and 2016.

Gayle was out in signature fashion, trying to crush pacer Pat Cummins and send an inside rim to the leg stump. He raised his bat and both hands as he left the field, hugged Bravo and received applause from teammates.

His apparent retirement, which has not been officially confirmed, surprised many observers.

It was a poignant day for the West Indies in what could be Chris Gayle's last international match

It was a poignant day for the West Indies in what could be Chris Gayle’s last international match

Gayle is the most prolific scorer in the format, with the left-handed batter being the first to score 14,000 T20 runs for clubs and countries in all competitions. He also played 103 tests for the West Indies with an average of 42.

Mitchell Starc (1-33) had a finish to soon forget, he was crushed by Russell (18 not out) for six out of the last two balls of the West Indies innings.

Josh Hazlewood was the most successful bowler for Australia 4-39 from four overs, while Adam Zampa was frugal at 1-20, also in four overs.

Australia also started well by making it 33-0 after three overs, with Warner providing the most runs, before opening partner Aaron Finch (9) was bowled out in the next over by Akeal Hosein (1-29).

'Universe Boss' Gayle, 42, was given a guard of honor from both sides at the end of the match

‘Universe Boss’ Gayle, 42, was given a guard of honor from both sides at the end of the match

Warner’s 56-ball innings included nine fours and four sixes. Mitchell Marsh hit a 32-ball 53 as Australia rode to victory. Gayle made one last run on the game by claiming Marsh’s wicket 1-7 on his single.

Australia needed to win convincingly to maximize their chances ahead of Saturday afternoon’s final Group 1 match between leaders England and South Africa in Sharjah.

England and Australia in second place have eight points, two more than South Africa, with Australia and South Africa closely monitoring the net run rate. Two teams from the group advance to the semi-finals.

Australia kept the same team from its eight-wicket rout from Bangladesh on Thursday. Two-time West Indies champions made one change from his 20-run defeat to Sri Lanka on Thursday, replacing pace bowler Ravi Rampaul with spinner Hayden Walsh.

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