highlights New Delhi : The Port of Spain ODI between West Indies and India was historic for Chris Gayle. The self-proclaimed Universe Boss, who missed the Twenty20 International series, struggled in the first ODI when he managed just four runs off 31 balls. However, in the second ODI, Gayle created two historic records. The match against India was his 300th for the West Indies, making him the first player from the Caribbean to achieve this feat. However, in their chase of 280, Gayle created history when he became the leading run-getter for West Indies in ODIs, breaking the record set by Brian Lara and has been in place since his retirement in the 2007 World Cup. In one over bowled by Khaleel Ahmed, Gayle sent the Queens Park Oval crowd to raptures.In the first ball of the ninth over, Gayle steered a short and wide ball to third man to break Lara’s tally of 10348 runs for West Indies. The left-hander realised the magnitude of the feat and raised his bat to the entire Queens Park Oval as the crowd acknowledged the historic achievement. Lara had scored 57 runs for the ICC World XI while Gayle had 55 runs for the World XI during their respective playing careers. Gayle still had to overtake Lara’s tally of 10405 runs and he achieved it duly in the same over when he cracked Khaleel for a cut shot over cover point to break Lara’s overall tally of 10405 runs. However, Gayle could not carry on after he had crossed the record and was trapped plumb in front for 11 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and even the review could not save him. Gayle was widely expected to retire from international cricket at the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but reversed his decision and made himself available for the three-match series against India. However, his return has not forced the selectors to consider him for the upcoming two-Test series which begins on August 22.Gayle has not played a Test since 2014 and it could be a sad end on August 14 when he could potentially play his final international match in the Caribbean at the same venue. However, Port of Spain witnessed a new world record as Brian Lara finally came second-best to Gayle. The Universe Boss would be hoping to create more records in Twenty20 Internationals and in various T20 leagues all over the world as his career comes to an end. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chris Gayle became the leading run-getter for Windies in ODIs.Chris Gayle is the leading run-getter in ODIs overall for Windies.Chris Gayle became the first Windies player to play 300 ODIs.
ANDRE Russell was in the runs again as Kolkata Knight Riders overcame Hardik Pandya’s onslaught for Mumbai Indians to end a six-game losing streak in the Indian Premier League.West Indies all-rounder Russell blasted 80 from just 40 deliveries to help the Knight Riders reach 232-2 – the highest score posted by any team in this season’s competition so far.Shubman Gill made 76 as he combined with opening partner Chris Lynn (54) to put on 96 for the first wicket, laying the ideal platform for Russell, who came out to bat at number three.Kolkata smashed 75 runs from the final five overs of their innings and appeared set for a comfortable victory when they reduced their opponents to 58-4 in reply.Pandya made them work for the win by plundering 91 in a hurry – hitting nine sixes in his 36-ball knock – before he was caught by Russell, who capped a fine display by also taking 2-25 with the ball.Sunil Narine and Harry Gurney also claimed two wickets apiece as Mumbai finished up on a respectable 198-7, leaving the final margin of victory at 34 runs.ANDRE’S GIANT HITTINGRussell had called for Kolkata’s management team to be flexible when it came to his batting position and he was duly given the chance to impress with a promotion up the order.After managing a single from his first four deliveries, the Jamaican blasted back-to-back sixes at the end of Rahul Chahar’s spell as he quickly moved through the gears.He also took a liking to Lasith Malinga in the closing stages, smashing the Sri Lankan paceman for 20 runs in the final over of the innings to post his best score in a highly productive campaign.Russell has now reached the landmark of 50 IPL sixes in 2019, while his tally of 486 runs means he sits only behind David Warner (611) in the top-scorers list.Mumbai lost Quinton de Kock for a four-ball duck as they struggled in pursuit of such a huge target. Gurney trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for 12 and Russell won the battle with West Indies team-mate Evin Lewis, who edged behind to depart for 15.Pandya arrived at the crease following the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav (26) and, together with Kieron Pollard (20), added 63 for the fifth wicket.