Gayle leads Windies to 14-run win over India

BRIDGETOWN: West Indies captain Chris Gayle struck a powerful 98 to lead his team to a 14 run victory over India in the Twenty20 World Cup in front of a wildly
celebrating home crowd on Sunday.

The win means West Indies can reach the semi-finals with victory over Australia on Tuesday but leaves India facing almost certain elimination after their second loss in the Super Eight stage.

Gayle produced a combination of prudency and power and his 66-ball knock only ended when he was run out in the final over of the innings, two short of what would have been his second century in a Twenty20 international.

The total of 169 for six was a challenging one and India were never up with the run-rate despite a good knock of 32 from Suresh Raina and an aggressive 29 from 18 balls from skipper M.S Dhoni.

Despite a passionate crowd roaring them on, West Indies suffered some late nerves when Kemar Roach bowled four wides and a no ball in the penultimate over.

But Dwayne Bravo kept his cool in the last over to set the horns hooting and the fists pumping in the stands.