Chris Gayle celebrates in comical manner after getting rid of Ross Taylor during West Indies vs New Zealand match at The Old Trafford
The Cricketing fraternity is never short of entertainment whenever there is the ‘Universe Boss’- Chris Gayle around. During the 29th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup between West Indies and New Zealand at Manchester, Gayle picked up the prized wicket of the Kiwi batsman, Ross Taylor.
It all happened during the 35th over of the first innings. Windies skipper Jason Holder, put New Zealand out to bat in what looks like a batting paradise. In the third delivery of the over, Gayle bowled a tossed-up delivery to the set Ross Taylor at the crease.
The flight on offer tempted Taylor to advance down the track and clear the fielder stationed at mid-off. The 35-year-old just couldn’t get enough power on the shot and hit it flat at Jason Holder, who took a comfortable reverse-cup catch. Taylor, who was looking good at the crease got dismissed for 65 (95) to a bowler he would have never expected.
With this wicket, surprisingly, Gayle became the highest wicket-taker for West Indies in ODIs versus New Zealand.
Chris gayle is now the leading west indes wicket taker against new zealand in odi of all time pic.twitter.com/MdMah5EWU2
— Ismaeel Hosein (@I__smiley) June 22, 2019
Chris Gayle celebrates in a comical manner
Chris Gayle, who was clearly not expecting Taylor to to gift his wicket to him, was utterly pumped-up after the dismissal. He punched the air in delight and quite amusingly, hurt his right hand shoulder in the process.
Although he brushed it off his mind in the heat of the celebratory moment, at hindsight he might have been surely concerned about it.
Watch: Chris Gayle celebrates in comical manner after getting rid of Ross Taylor
Match in the balance
With the important wicket of Ross Taylor, Gayle broke the crucial partnership which was snowballing to hurt the Windies big time. A few overs after the wicket the Kiwi wicket-keeper batsman- Tom Latham also lost his wicket to hang the match right in the balance.
At the time of writing, New Zealand had put on 229/4 on the board after 44.2 overs. Kiwi skipper was unbeaten after scoring back-to-back centuries at 145 off 149 deliveries. At the other end, it was the all-rounder Jimmy Neesham (5 off 8) would look to up the ante in the closing stages of the innings.
Sheldon Cottrell has been the star with the ball so far, with figures of 8-1-42-3.