CHRIS GAYLE reached 1000 World Cup runs at Trent Bridge – but not without a dose of DRS drama.
The West Indies opener, 39, was given out twice in a single Pat Cummins over as he looked to give his side the perfect start to their pursuit of Australia’s 288 all out.
Cummins thought he had the dangerous Gayle caught behind after nipping a delivery back through his gate and finding an audible inside edge.
But the Windies slugger wasted no time in sending the decision upstairs, where replays showed the ball actually clipped his off-stump – but didn’t dislodge the bails.
England were stung by a similar incident against South Africa when an Adil Rashid leg-spinner looked to have bowled Quinton de Kock, only for the bails to light up but not fall.
Gayle was trapped LBW three deliveries later by Cummins, the Aussie quick still buoyed after taking the early wicket of Evin Lewis.
Umpire Chris Gaffeney was convinced and raised the finger – but another instant review by Gayle proved to be correct, as HawkEye suggested the ball was missing his leg-stump.
GAYLE ON THE CHARGE
The West Indies opener entered the tournament in terrific form despite approaching 40 and was the star of the thrilling ODI series with England in the Caribbean earlier this year.
And he took advantage of the two reprieves by launching quickfire boundaries to pass the 1000-run mark in World Cup matches.
But he still has some way to go if he wants to take the overall record, currently held by Indian great Sachin Tendulkar.
The Little Master, who retired from ODIs in 2012, hit 2,278 runs at the tournament – more than 500 more than his nearest rival – at an average of 56.95.
Gayle now sits 15th on the list of run-scorers in World Cup history, just behind Aravinda de Silva of Sri Lanka and South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs.
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Despite his two let-offs, it was to be third time lucky for the Australian’s as Mitchell Starc had Gayle given LBW for 21 from 17 balls.
Once again the Windies star sent it upstairs to the third umpire, but was denied another life and this time has to make his way to the pavilion.
In further drama, replays showed the delivery before the wicket was infact a no-ball and Gayle should have been given a free hit on the delivery that finally ended his innings.
Australia reached 288 from 40 overs at Trent Bridge thanks to fine knocks from Steve Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who helped the defending champions recover from 79/5.