brilliant. Full stride, and clobbered down the ground for the winning boundary
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?
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driven, but straight to the man at mid-off
oops, that's a bonus
Two needed from 38 ... I wonder ...
tip-and-run cricket, and a scampered single ends with a direct hit from the covers, but the batsmen are home
stretching forward and smothers the spin, not that there's a whole lot of it
shorter, and bludgeoned down the ground. But the long-on sweeper tidies up
flicked off the pads, but straight to the fielder
This has been a rout, pure and simple, and not even West Indies' carelessness in these final overs can disguise that
and that's a useful addition. Gayle keeps the strike, with just four runs needed
that will help the cause! Opens the blade and punches behind square for a welcome boundary to get off the mark
shuffles across his stumps, and pushed back down the track
tickled away to fine leg
poor ball, and Gayle swings that one round the corner and away to the midwicket boundary. He's still in control, and therefore so are the Windies
the end of another very useful over. Spin, as Viv Richards once said (apparently) is a useful setting on a washing-machine. It's also useful for putting the heebie-jeebies through a West Indian batting line-up
good length, met with a deliberate dead bat
Well, well ... it's still too late for South Africa, surely ...? But Australia will be watching this collapse with interest ...
good grief, that is village! Gayle is cruising at the other end, but Morton wanted to finish the job himself, but instead his big smear ends up in the hands of short midwicket. Brainless batting, I'm afraid to say, and it was somewhat telegraphed
tight bowling so far this over ... I sense there may be some flutters to come
nice flight and loop, pushed back down the track
turned phlegmatically into the gap on the leg-side. Gayle wants to finish this himself
Peterson to continue
turned to midwicket, to end a very useful over. Too little too late? Probably ...
|Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||West Indies advanced|
|Match number||ODI no. 2442|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15|
|Match days||2 November 2006 - daynight (50-over match)|