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World Cup 2019: Shai Hope will miss Chris Gayle’s sunglasses

Cricket Daily
152   //    05 Jul 2019, 09:36 IST

Chris Gayle failed with the bat but took a pivotal wicket in his disciplined bowling spell to help West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs in his final Cricket World Cup match.

Afghanistan were on track to chase down a target of 312 when the 39-year-old Gayle, with his occasional off-spin, trapped 18-year-old batsman Ikram Ali Khil leg-before-wicket for 86.

It sparked a mini-collapse for Afghanistan, who were eventually dismissed for 288 on the last ball of the match, their highest total at a World Cup but still not enough to avoid returning home with a sweep of nine losses.

Gayle - making his record-tying 295th ODI appearance for the Windies and last in World Cups - had bowling figures of 1-28 off his six overs to make up for only getting 7 off 18 balls with the bat.

The Windies, who were also already eliminated, won the toss and made 311-6, with Evin Lewis (58), Shai Hope (77), Nicholas Pooran (58) and Jason Holder (45) all making vital contributions.

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