West Indies v India LIVE: Visitors need 255 to win in 35 overs after Chris Gayle's blitz

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Gayle brought India to their knees in the third ODI.

India have been set a stiff target of runs to get in overs in the third and final ODI against the West Indies after an explosive half-century from veteran Chris Gayle.

The Caribbean side put up a challenging 240-7 on the board after rain reduced the match to 35 overs per side with Gayle top-scoring with a 41-ball 72.

Virat Kohli and his men currently hold a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after their 59-run win in the second ODI while the first match was washed out due to rain.

Will West Indies halt India’s momentum and level the series or will the visitors prove to be too good for the hosts once again? Find out below by following the ball-by-ball action from the Port of Spain.

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Chris Gayle potentially bids farewell to international cricket with explosive 72 against India

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Gayle might have just bowed with a bang.

If the heartwarming sendoff for Chris Gayle by the India fielders in the third ODI at Port of Spain was anything to go by, the West Indies veteran might very well have played his final knock in his country’s colours.

The 39-year-old had recently overtaken Brian Lara to become the highest ODI run-getter for Windies while also bringing up 300 appearances in the format. On Wednesday, the Jamaican opener lit up the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad with a 41-ball blitz which fetched a staggering 72 runs.

The southpaw was in explosive mood from the very go after skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat first and he struck a total of 13 boundaries during his brief but entertaining stay at the crease.

Here, we take a closer look at the veteran opening batsman’s display in what was his 301st ODI appearance for Windies and potentially, his last.

STATS

Runs: 72

Balls: 41

Fours: 8

Sixes: 5

Strike-rate: 175.50

30-SECOND REPORT

Gayle started in characteristic fashion, playing out a maiden over before exploding into life at the Queen’s Park Oval. The West Indies stalwart struck a huge six off Mohammed Shami in the second over of the innings and did not look back from there as he stitched together a brisk stand with fellow opener Evin Lewis.

The duo added a staggering 114 runs in the first 10 overs with Gayle going on the rampage on the way to a 54th ODI half-century. His 41-ball cameo was brought to an end in the 12th over of the innings by Khaleel Ahmed after Virat Kohli completed an excellent diving catch at mid-off.

GOT RIGHT

Gayle loves to bide his time at the crease before he switches gears but he took the attack to the Indians from the very start on Wednesday with the pitch showing barely any assistance for the bowlers.

It wasn’t just mindless hitting from the Windies man as he picked his deliveries to go on the offensive. He was strong on both sides of the ground and played some terrific cover drives as well to add to his effortless hoicks over the on-side.

The experienced opener gave no respite to any of India’s bowlers with Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel all getting the same treatment in a rapid-fire first 10 overs.

GOT WRONG

Gayle looked to be in control for 90 per cent of his innings but he did live dangerous at times with a couple of mistimed shots and edges failing to find the fielder.

He ultimately paid the price for attempting one shot too many when he flat-batted a length delivery from Khaleel. He could have easily have notched up a ton on an excellent batting surface if he had shown a little more patience.

VERDICT – 9/10

The veteran will be disappointed to not touch three-figures in what was potentially his final outing for the West Indies but his explosive start along with that of Evin Lewis ensured that the hosts were on the front foot in a must-win clash.

His quick-fire fifty set the platform for the hosts to build on in the final ODI and he can look back fondly on an illustrious and top-class international career for the Caribbean side if that indeed was a final goodbye.

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Jofra Archer's England Test debut on hold after rain washes out opening day of Lord's Test

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Jofra Archer was handed his maiden Test cap before play was called off.

The first day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s was washed out before a ball had been bowled, forcing England’s Jofra Archer to wait for his eagerly-anticipated debut.

The most exciting moment of a bleak day at the home of cricket came when Archer, one of the stars of England’s victorious World Cup campaign and bowler of the super over which sealed the trophy, was awarded his first cap by Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan.

Only eight of Jordan’s 78 England appearances have come in the five-day format but he was easily the most apt choice to welcome his fellow Barbadian into the fold, having helped the man he calls “a little brother” swap the Caribbean for Hove three years ago.

When Jordan presented Archer with his Three Lions cap, shortly before 3pm, there was still hope of seeing him in action but fading hopes of getting captains Joe Root and Tim Paine to complete the toss disappeared as another heavy downpour struck.

Forecasts are better for day two, when the famous old ground will turn red in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation – a lung cancer charity set up to honour the late wife of Andrew Strauss, the former England captain and director of men’s cricket.

Fans have been asked to wear the colour and both teams will wear limited-edition caps and shirts to be auctioned off, one of several fund-raising initiatives in place on Thursday.

Play will be extended by half an hour on each of the remaining four days, meaning only one session has been lost to the weather at this stage.

England, who have yet to reveal whether Sam Curran or Jack Leach will take the final place in their side, are 1-0 down after their heavy loss in the series opener at Edgbaston but will be buoyed by the presence of Archer’s formidable 90mph pace.

Provided by Press Association Sports

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