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Is this the last time we see Chris Gayle for West Indies?



Is this the last time we will see Chris Gayle in action in international cricket? As Gayle trudged off at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, a nine-ball 15 to his name, one ball after hitting his 1045th six in T20 cricket, it certainly felt that way. He did say after the match that he hoped to get a farewell game at home in Jamaica, but that’s left to be seen.*

Gayle dragged Pat Cummins on to his stumps to end a promising opening stand in what was defending champions West Indies’ last game at the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup. Their loss to Sri Lanka on November 4 had already ended their slim hopes of progressing to the semi-finals. He walked off, expressionless at first and waving his bat to the crowd, before breaking out into an ear-to-ear grin, and straight into hugs with Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo after crossing the boundary. He then gave away his gloves to fans in the stands.

When West Indies came out to defend, Gayle’s mood and the atmosphere pointed to this being a farewell not least when he rolled his arm over with Australia on the brink of victory. That was a reminder of how Gayle sought to play. Hat on, sunglasses on, he looked like a social cricketer who couldn’t wait to get to the pub, but his bowling still had all the guile and competitiveness.

He sought to cramp David Warner, who tried the switch hit. As Warner remonstrated for a wide call, Gayle joked to him about not knowing the rules. He then nearly had Warner stumped down the leg side although Nicholas Pooran failed to collect the ball. Gayle walked all the way up to Warner and touched his pocket, perhaps to suggest the ball might have flicked the pocket on the way to cause the error. With the last ball, he had Mitchell Marsh caught at mid-off and ran towards the departing batter and gave him a bear hug from the back. He walked off with a smile. Gayle came back to finish off the formalities of the game.

Gayle, who turned 42 in September, has been part of a team in this tournament which has felt very much at the end of an era – having won the 2012 and 2016 editions of the tournament with a core of the side still playing in this tournament. Although the captain Kieron Pollard has said he will continue, Bravo has announced his retirement.

Watching on from the commentary box, Ian Bishop and later Daren Sammy – the latter a recent team-mate and captain of Gayle – paid rich tribute to, arguably, the greatest T20 cricketer ever. “Everything points to this being the last time we will see Gayle in West Indies’ colours,” Bishop said on air. Alongside Bravo, Gayle also walked through a guard of honour given by the Australian team after the game.

Although his returns have dwindled in recent years, Gayle’s on-field legacy is unlikely to be dimmed. He has hit nearly three times as many hundreds in the format as the next best (22 to eight), has hit nearly 300 more sixes than anyone else and, with over 14000 runs, has 3000 more than anyone in the format.

And although he never won an IPL title, the league in which he first became the superstar he is now, he has been part of seven title-winning sides across the globe: twice with West Indies, three times in the CPL, once in the Bangladesh Premier League and an Afghanistan Premier League title as well.

The obvious caveat to this is that he has yet to make an official announcement that this is the end, either for West Indies, or from the game altogether. His impending retirement – or not – has been an ongoing narrative over the last couple of years. Two years ago, having hit 72 off 41 balls against India in an ODI, he walked off to congratulations and tributes.

He has since taken a break from the game but then returned.

Post-game both Bravo and Pollard laughed when the question of Gayle’s retirement was asked. “He said halfway,” Bravo responded. “He halfway retires. He still has some cricket left. I’m not sure what he’s decided yet, but yeah.”

Not that this stopped David Warner from giving a conventional tribute.

“I think Chris has changed the game for all opening batsmen around the world in all three formats. One, he’s got a lot of size on his side, and a lot of power on his side, so he’s able to pick up three-pound bats, which we can’t, but the way that he came out, from his career, from the get-go, he just put fear in the bowler’s minds and he was able to intimidate, and he’s had a great career, I respect that immensely, and I’m just proud to watch him and be a part of a team as well, I managed to play with him which was great. Awesome competitor and a great entertainer.” (ESPN)

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Lions beat Giants in Legends League Cricket final




Asia Lions clinched the Legends League Cricket title (pic LLC)

Upul Tharanga (57) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (58) hit half centuries as Asian Lions beat World Giants to win the Legends League Cricket (LLC) Masters. In the final held in Doha, Asia Lions scored an emphatic seven-wicket victory with 23 balls to spare.

Earlier, the Lions restricted World Giants to 147 for 4 despite Jacques Kallis’ unbeaten 78 off 54 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. Kallis also had a 92 runs partnership in 11.1 overs for the fourth wicket with Ross Taylor, who hit 32 off 33 balls with three boundaries but that was not enough for the World Giants.

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Spinners lead turnaround as Australia clinch series




The series-clinching victory propelled Australia to no.1 in the ICC ODI rankings (pic BCCI)

Australia put on a clinical show with the ball on Wednesday (March 22) as they clinched the ODI series decider at the MA Chidambaram stadium by 21 runs that helped them go past India and reach the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

Brief Scores:

Australia 269 all out (Mitchell Marsh 47; Hardik Pandya 3-44, Kuldeep Yadav 3-56) beat India 248 all out (Virat Kohli 54, Hardik Pandya 40; Adam Zampa 4-45) by 21 runs

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St. Sebastian’s Katuneriya, Holy Cross earn Division I promotion  



St. Sebastian’s College, Katuneriya with their officials.


By Reemus Fernando

St. Sebastian’s College, Katuneriya with a sensational last-ball victory and Holy Cross College, Kalutara with a marathon first innings performance earned their much-awaited Division I promotion as they outdid their opponents in the Under 19 Division II Tier ‘A’ semi-finals worked off at Surrey Village Ground, Maggona and Kirimandala Mawatha, Colombo respectively.

At Surrey Village, Sri Sumangala dominated the first innings and a better part of the second but St. Sebastian’s fought back through their seventh wicket pair to record three wickets victory. Chasing a target of 172 runs to win, the boys from Katuneriya were troubled by spinner Mevindu Kumarasiri who took six wickets. But after being 135 for seven wickets at one stage, the seventh wicket pair of Gayan Harshana (26n.o.) and Vihanga Theekshana fought back scoring less than run-a-ball knocks to secure their passage to Division I.

Sri Sumangala, considered the most consistent team in the Division II tournament were without their key player Vishwa Lahiru who is with Sri Lanka Under 19 team in UAE.

At Kirimandala Mawatha grounds, Holy Cross earned first innings points against Sri Devananda as their tail-enders stretched their first innings almost to the end of the second day, batting for 141 overs. In reply to Sri Devananda’s 138 runs, Holy Cross posted 251 runs.

Holy Cross College, a former Division I school were the champions of the last Division II Tier ‘A’ Limited Overs tournament. They beat Sri Sumangala in the semi-final on their way to that title. Now they will be facing St. Sebastian’s in the Two-Day tournament final. The result of that match will have no bearing on their promotion to the top Division of the Under 19 tournament as the finalists are guaranteed the Division I promotion according to tournament rules. The top teams in the Division II Tier ‘A’ tournament were waiting for nearly three years to get their promotion as promotions and demotions were not done during the last two years due to the pandemic.

Hansaja Brian who also took four wickets, played a crucial role in anchoring the batting lineup with a marathon innings (58 runs in 231 balls) for Holy Cross to overtake their opponents in the first innings. He was ably supported by Nadeera Deshan as they added a vital sixth wicket stand of 60 runs. Later skipper Sasindu Kaushan put on a last wicket stand of 76 runs with Amash Fernando, who contributed with an unbeaten 15 runs in as many as 135 balls. Kaushan scored 78 runs facing 205 balls as the last wicket pair frustrated the boys from Ambalangoda for 48 overs.

Holy Cross College, Kalutara with their officials.

The tenth wicket pair denied an opportunity for the boys from Ambalangoda to make a comeback in the second innings as they extended their innings almost to the close of play on the final day.


 St. Sebastian’s beat Sri Sumangala by three wickets at Surrey Village



Sri Sumangala

185 all out in 64.3 overs (Kishan Eranga 62, Sachira Demian 43; Chathumal Nimesh 4/45, Tharuka Manaram 5/30) and 135 all out in 48.5 overs (Kavindu Gayathra 25, Vidusha Peiris 21, Imalka Fernando 59; Chathumal Nimesh 5/59, Malindu Daham 2/29, Tharuka Manaram 3/39) 

St. Sebastian’s

149 all out in 50.1 overs (Thisara Madushan 43, Ashen Dinuka 38; Mevindu Kumarasiri 3/41, Imalka Fernando 3/13) and 174 for 7 in 39 overs (Hasith Kavinda 27, Nimesh Madusanka 26, Chathumal Nimesh 35, Gayan Harshana 26n.o., Vihanga Theekshana 15n.o.; Mevindu Kumarasiri 6/66) 

 Holy Cross in first innings win over Sri Devananda at Kirimandala Mawatha


Sri Devananda

138 all out in 60.4 overs (Sithum Vihanga 36, Kaveesha Kalpana 31; Pasindu Wimansa 3/38, Hansaja Brayan 4/20, Rashan Kethaka 2/17)  

Holy Cross

251 all out in 141.5 overs (Gayantha Nadeesha 40, Hansaja Brian 58, Nadeera Deshan 31, Sasindu Kaushan 78, Amash Fernando 15n.o.; Kaveesha Kalpana 5/50, Ravindu Jeewanka 2/50) 

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