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T20 World Cup: David Warner beats Australia in 89 hands on moving day for West Indies and Chris Gayle

David Warner breaks undefeated 89 to anchor Australia in eight wickets victory on a moving day for West Indies icon Chris Gayle in what will likely be his last hurray on the international stage.

  • David Warner’s 89 that was not eliminated helped Australia to a comfortable victory on Saturday
  • It was definitely Dwayne Bravo and probably Chris Gayle’s last West Indies game
  • ‘Universe Boss’ Gayle, 42, and Bravo, 38, received an honor guard on the field
  • Gayle’s apparent retirement, not officially confirmed, caught many fans by surprise


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David Warner smashed 89 no’s to lead Australia to an eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in the T20 World Cup on Saturday, with Dwayne Bravo, definitely, and Chris Gayle, probably playing his final games for the West Indies.

Going to bat, the West Indies did well to reach 157-7, led by captain Kieron Pollard of 31 balls 44 and the explosive finish of Andre Russell. Australia responded 161-2 in 16.2 overs in what turned out to be a comfortable chase.

The West Indies started with 30 fast runs before collapsing to 35-3, including the wicket of 42-year-old Chris Gayle. He was out of 15, including two inevitable sixes, in what appeared to be the great cricketer’s last inning for the West Indies.

David Warner's 89 * helped Australia win eight wickets at the T20 World Cup on Saturday.

David Warner’s 89 * helped Australia win eight wickets at the T20 World Cup on Saturday.

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

The all-rounder Bravo scored 10 in his final innings Saturday with a 0-36 bowling record in four overs. Like Gayle, Bravo, 38, won the T20 World Cup with the West Indies in 2012 and 2016.

Gayle was all the rage, trying to crush the Pat Cummins pacemaker and sending an inner edge to the leg stump. He raised his bat and both hands as he left the field, hugged Bravo and received applause from his teammates.

His apparent retirement, which has not been officially confirmed, caught many observers by surprise.

It was a moving day for the West Indies in what could be Chris Gayle's last international game.

It was a moving day for the West Indies in what could be Chris Gayle's last international game.

It was a moving day for the West Indies in what could be Chris Gayle’s last international game.

Gayle is the most prolific scorer in the format, with the left-handed hitter 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 forget, being crushed for six on the last two balls of the West Indies innings by Russell (18 no out).

Josh Hazlewood was Australia’s most successful pitcher at 4-39 in four overs, while Adam Zampa was economical at 1-20, also in four overs.

Australia also started well going 33-0 after three overs, with Warner providing the majority of runs, before his starting teammate Aaron Finch (9) was thrown by Akeal Hosein (1-29) in the next over. .

'Universe Boss' Gayle, 42, received an honor guard from both sides at the end of the match

'Universe Boss' Gayle, 42, received an honor guard from both sides at the end of the match

‘Universe Boss’ Gayle, 42, received an honor guard from both sides at the end of the match

Warner’s 56 innings included nine fours and four sixes. Mitchell Marsh hit a 53 of 32 balls as Australia sailed to victory. Gayle made a final mark in the game by claiming the Marsh wicket with 1-7 of his single over.

Australia needed to win convincingly to maximize their chances heading into the final Group 1 match on Saturday afternoon between leaders England and South Africa in Sharjah.

England and Australia, which are in second place, have eight points, two more than South Africa, and Australia and South Africa closely follow the net race rate. Two teams from the group advance to the semifinals.

Australia kept the same team from their eight-field loss to Bangladesh on Thursday. The two-time West Indies champion made a change from his 20-run loss to Sri Lanka on Thursday, replacing sprinter Ravi Rampaul with spinner Hayden Walsh.

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