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[UPDATED] WI seek victory to celebrate Gayle’s milestone

West Indies’ Chris Gayle fires a shot while captain Jason Holder (centre) defends during a warm-up football game at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair yesterday. Also in photo is all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite (right).
West Indies’ Chris Gayle fires a shot while captain Jason Holder (centre) defends during a warm-up football game at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair yesterday. Also in photo is all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite (right).

WEST Indies will be looking to celebrate Chris Gayle’s milestone with a victory against India in the second One Day International (ODI) at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, from 9.30 am, today.

The first of the three ODIs was rained out with West Indies on 54 for one after 13 overs in Guyana, on Thursday. There was a lot of rain in Trinidad yesterday, but both teams will be hoping for clear skies today.

Gayle will play in his 300th ODI today and is less than ten runs away from passing West Indies legend Brian Lara as the highest run scorer for West Indies in ODI cricket. In 299 matches, Gayle has scored 10,397 runs at an average of 37.80 and Lara, who also played 299 matches, scored 10,405 runs at an average of 40.48.

Yesterday, talking to the media at the Queen’s Park Oval, West Indies captain Jason Holder praised Gayle on his accomplishment.

“Three hundred games is a lot of games, some of us sit down and imagine to play that many games for the West Indies, so a hearty congratulations to Chris and we just hope that Chris could get us off to a really good start (today).”

Holder wants sunny skies for the contest. “The outfield is normally a decent one. Hopefully the rain stays away and does not get too soggy and the pitch normally is a very good pitch in white ball cricket, so I expect a really good contest (today).”

West Indies had a miserable time at the recently concluded ICC 50-over World Cup in England and Wales winning only two of their nine matches. Asked if they want to prove themselves in this format Holder said, “In terms of proving (ourselves) I think we have proved it already in the past that we can compete.

“We just fell down in being consistent and that is something we really want to address and are trying to address. It will take us a little bit of time to get that consistency, we have got a few young players in the squad and it is a matter for everybody to gel together nicely and getting some positive results.”

The West Indies captain is hoping his batsmen can lay a solid platform. “I think in the past we have let ourselves down in having a foundation. It is just a matter for us to lay a foundation, maybe take a few more balls up front to get ourselves set and then we just look to accumulate as the innings goes on.” Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer is coming off a strong showing for India A in a five-match ODI series against West Indies A including knocks of 77, 47 and 61 not out. He wants to make a name for himself.

“Obviously this is a good opportunity for me to make the best use of it,” Iyer said. “Hopefully this also does not rain off because we are hardly getting any net practice and matches to play right now. I am very eager to play, go out there and carry forward the momentum which I got from my India A matches and looking forward for a good series to finish off.”

Squads –

WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (captain), John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Chris Gayle, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach.

INDIA: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.

This story was originally published with the title "Gayle plays 300th ODI" and has been adjusted to include additional details. See original post below.


WEST Indies will be looking to celebrate Chris Gayle's milestone with a victory against India in the second One Day International (ODI) at the Queen's Park Oval in St Clair, from 9.30 am, Sunday.

The first of the three ODIs was rained out with West Indies on 54 for one after 13 overs in Guyana, on Thursday. There was a lot of rain in Trinidad yesterday, but both teams will be hoping for clear skies today.

Gayle will play in his 300th ODI today and is less than ten runs away from passing West Indies legend Brian Lara as the highest run scorer for West Indies in ODI cricket. In 299 matches, Gayle has scored 10,397 runs at an average of 37.80 and Lara, who also played 299 matches, scored 10,405 runs at an average of 40.48.

Yesterday, talking to the media at the Queen's Park Oval, West Indies captain Jason Holder praised Gayle on his accomplishment.

"Three hundred games is a lot of games, some of us sit down and imagine to play that many games for the West Indies, so a hearty congratulations to Chris and we just hope that Chris could get us off to a really good start tomorrow (today)."

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