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398dThe Bulletin by S Rajesh

Rampant Gayle runs SA to the ground

Chris Gayle lit up the Sawai Mansingh Stadium with a quite spectacular display of power-hitting as West Indies stormed into their second successive Champions Trophy final

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CH Gayle
CH Gayle
133(135) 17x4 - 3x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 39 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
16 1 5 16 32 23 35 5
HH Gibbs
77(90) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 30 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 2 5 3 18 22 13 7

Best performances - Bowlers

DJ Bravo
O7
M0
R41
W2
Eco5.85
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MN Samuels
MN Samuels
O9
M0
R44
W2
Eco4.88
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
44 | 7 Runs | WI: 262/4 | RR: 5.95

  • Chris Gayle133 (135b)
  • Marlon Samuels5 (8b)
  • Robin Peterson7-0-36-1
  • Graeme Smith10-0-43-1

Chris Gayle's second hundred in consecutive matches, his third of the tournament, and his 15th in total. It was a magisterial performance, and the South Africans had absolutely no answer to his belligerent approach.

The fireworks are exploding all around the ground, as West Indies, the defending champions, return to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. They've had to do it the hard way, with pre-qualification, but now they face Australia, first-time finalists, in the final at Mumbai on Sunday.

Gayle, we presume, will be the runaway Man-of-the-Match, while South Africa return home with that tag of nearly-men once again proving too hard to shake off. They don't like semi-finals, do they?

Well, it's been emotional. This is Andrew Miller signing off, on behalf of my colleagues, Martin Williamson and Will Luke. Join us again on Sunday at 0900GMT, for the final between West Indies and Australia.

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43.6
4
Peterson to Gayle, FOUR runs, brilliant. Full stride, and clobbered down the ground for the winning boundary
43.5
0
Peterson to Gayle, no run, driven, but straight to the man at mid-off
43.5
1w
Peterson to Gayle, 1 wide, oops, that's a bonus

Two needed from 38 ... I wonder ...

43.4
1
Peterson to Samuels, 1 run, tip-and-run cricket, and a scampered single ends with a direct hit from the covers, but the batsmen are home
43.3
0
Peterson to Samuels, no run, stretching forward and smothers the spin, not that there's a whole lot of it
43.2
1
Peterson to Gayle, 1 run, shorter, and bludgeoned down the ground. But the long-on sweeper tidies up
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West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st154S ChanderpaulCH Gayle
1st42RR SarwanCH Gayle
2nd30CH GayleDJ Bravo
3rd17BC LaraCH Gayle
4th1CH GayleRS Morton
5th18CH GayleMN Samuels

ICC Champions Trophy (ICC KnockOut)

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS32140.529
WI32140.009
INDIA31220.482
ENG3122-1.044
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
SA32140.767
NZ32140.572
SL3122-0.195
PAK3122-1.107
Qualifying Group
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL33062.672
WI32140.404
BDESH31220.019
ZIM3030-2.927