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West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite celebrates dismissing England’s Ben Stokes during the fifth One-Day International cricket match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, Saturday, March 2, 2019.
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Chris Gayle scored the fastest half-century by a West Indian in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) last week, to take the West Indies to a seven-wicket victory over England to share the Colonial Medical Insurance Cup 2-2 in the five-match series. One match was abandoned because of rain.

After winning the Wisden Test series 2-1, the Windies came back after twice being down in the series, to share the trophy with England.

Fast bowler Oshane Thomas demolished the England batting, taking five wickets to bowl out England for a paltry 113 — their lowest one day score against the West Indies.

Gayle entertained the packed Darren Sammy Stadium in St. Lucia with a swashbuckling 77 off 26 balls to hurry his team to victory at 115 for three just after 2 pm.

Gayle, the “Man-of-the-Series” struck sixes all over the ground, hammering nine of them, which now gives him the record for the most in a bilateral series. Gayle’s 39 sixes in the series, passes that previous record of 23 set by India’s Rohit Sharma. He finished the series with scores of 135, 50, 162, and 77.

He struck England’s fast bowler Mark Wood for 26 in one over, and was bowled off the last ball.

Captain Jason Holder won the toss and sent in England to bat on a pitch, which had a tinge of grass on the surface.

The English batsmen found batting on the bouncy pitch difficult with the pace of Thomas and folded for 113.

Posted 12:00 am, March 7, 2019
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