In the third T20I of the ongoing series of five matches between West Indies and Australia, the Nicholas Pooran-led side dominated the proceedings again and scored a 6-wicket win over the Aussies. The triumph also inspired West Indies to clinch the 5th match with two more matches to be played.
Windies T20 batsman of all time Chris Gayle showed his vintage avatar to help his team chase down the meager target of 142 in 14.5 overs. Gayle took Aussie bowlers to the cleaners and struck at a hit rate of 176.32.
The ‘Universe Boss’ scored 67 runs from just 38 deliveries using 4 fours and seven humble sixes. During his phenomenal knockout, Gayle also achieved a special milestone, as he was the first player to reach the 14,000-run mark in the T20 overall.
Aside from Gayle, Pooran made a valuable contribution from an unbeaten 32 to take his team by six wickets in hand across the finish line.
Earlier, the visitors could only manage to put 141/6 on the scoreboard in their allotted 20 overs. Moses Henriques a captain Aaron Finch were the only players to score the 30-run mark in the batting unit. While Henriques made 33 of 29 balls, Finch scored 30 of 31 deliveries.
For the hosts, Hayden Walsh picked up two wickets for 18 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Fabian Allen (1/26), Dwayne Bravo (1/17), en McCoy (1/9) bag one wicket per bag.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Chris Gayle amazing! 14,000 T20 runs! The first batsman to achieve the feat! Incredible player. All these years and he is honestly still so exciting to watch. Universe boss stuff! #WIvAUS
– Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) 13 July 2021
West Indies first series wins since March 1995 in a bilateral series with multiple matches in any format against Australia. West Indies were then ranked first in the world and Nicholas Pooran, their captain in this series, had not even been born.#WIvAUS
– Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) 13 July 2021
– ICC (@ICC) 13 July 2021
– Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) 13 July 2021
Good series wins by @windiescricket . Since Pollard was absent and an inexperienced captain in Pooran was in front. These are good signs ahead. Congratulations to @windieswomen also today on a very good cricket @CuddyWalsh .
– Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) 13 July 2021
The highest scores by West Indies bats against Australia in the T20Is for men
C Gayle 88 (2009)
C Gayle 75no (2012)
C Gayle 67 (today)#WIvAUS
– Adam Burnett (@ AdamBurnett09) 13 July 2021
This is only the second 50+ beat for Chris Gayle in a T20I match at home!
The first of these was in the 2010 World Cup match against India, when he ran out at 98.#WIvAUS
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 13 July 2021
‘No matter the numbers, Chris Gayle is 42 soon. You should be glad to see Chris Gayle on the field. Just respect the universe boss and let him have some fun. C. Gayle. @ FoxCricket #WIvAUS pic.twitter.com/XXijLssxsa
– Tom Morris (@ tommorris32) 13 July 2021
14000 T20 runs and count for Chris Gayle. He’s almost 42, but hasn’t stopped hitting big sixes. Hit 7 big sixes in the 3rd T20 against Australia. Gayle has 22 T20 tons and hit 1028 sixes in 423 overs! It’s madness. T20 superstar for a reason @henrygayle
– Sarang Bhalerao (bhaleraosarang) 13 July 2021
As the cliche goes, the form is temporary, but the class is permanent. Gayle storm is back with 67 out of 38 and 7 sixes! # Sesmasjien
– Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) 13 July 2021
Chris Gayle’s bat made a whistle. Truly the boss!
– Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) 13 July 2021
Chris Gayle becomes the first batsman to complete 14,000 runs in his T20 career – The boss, The Universe boss. pic.twitter.com/Tw2B91Dldg
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 13 July 2021
– ICC (@ICC) 13 July 2021
Chris Gayle today became the first in history to reach 14,000 T20 runs, and what a way to reach the milestone. A tremendous thunderous match that won an innings for his team, whenever he was in doubt, he always responded in his style. Whether it’s IPL auctions or short runs.
– Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) 13 July 2021