LIVE UPDATES, WI v AUS : Is that the last time we see Gayle in West Indies colours? He walks off raising his bat to the crowd.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the crunch final day of Group One matches at the T20 World Cup. First up it’s Australia vs West Indies. 

Australia won the toss and invited West Indies to bat first. It is unfortunate that the West Indies’ Top Oder  batsmen have failed miserably. Windies end with 157 for 7 in Their 20 overs. Russell hit Huge six and a little momentum for the defending champions to end the innings. 

Gayle scored only 15 runs. Maybe that last time we see Gayle in West Indies colors? He walks off raising his bat to the crowd.Gayle was also given a hug by Dwayne Bravo after crossing the boundary and fist bumps from Walsh Jr and Jason Holder. Definitely feels like the end.  Nicholas Pooran was out for 4 and Roston Chase was out for NOT.  Lewis, out For 29(26),  Pollard gone for 44 in (31).  Good knock from the skipper has come to an end. 

Today’s knock against the Australians is Kieron Pollard’s highest score in the Men’s T20 World Cup; he was playing his 23rd match in the competition today. His previous highest score in the Men’s T20 World Cup was 38 – made against Australia in 2012.

The Aussies cameback stronger after facing some lusty blows in the start but they got derailed in the death overs. 

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The defending world champions have barely been a shadow of their mighty selves and find themselves prematurely eliminated. If anything, they have enough reasons to be upset with their own performances and get riled up to finish their campaign on a high.

There are of course a few incentives to do so too. There’s the opportunity to bid farewell in style to Dwayne Bravo in what will be his final match in West Indian colours. Despite Chris Gayle’s hint at wanting to play yet another T20 World Cup, the chances are that this could well be the final headline event for the most successful band in T20 World Cup history. Above all, there’s also the consolation of taking down their arch-rivals, Australia, along with them.

If you think West Indies are playing only for pride today then here’s what’s at stake for them, Windies have to win today’s game to qualify directly to the Super 12 for next year’s World Cup else they will have to play round 1 like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh did in this year’s tournament.

The top eight teams qualify directly and West Indies are currently eighth, Bangladesh are ninth. So a loss will see them go down to ninth and in the process make them play the round 1 with the qualifying associate nations.

At the Toss Australia have won the toss and have opted to field , They are unchanged from the Bangladesh game. West Indies bring in Hayden Walsh Jr for Ravi Rampaul.

Teams:

 

West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran(w), Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard(c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein

 

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

 

 

 

 

 

 

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