Chris Gayle has taken one of the catches of the year as he led the Vancouver Knights to the inaugural Global T20 Canada title with a seven-wicket win over West Indies B.
West Indies B struggled with the bat, being reduced to 145 all out in 17.4 overs, after losing the toss in the last game of the six-team competition.
Allrounder Fabian Allen provided the only serious resistance with a 23-ball 41, including three fours and three sixes.
Jamaica-born Sheldon Cottrell took 4-29 for Vancouver and leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed 3-24 – including the wicket of Kavem Hodge, with thanks to Gayle’s two-handed, one-handed brilliance.
The 38-year-old first touched the ball with his left hand but it bobbled back up, and he stuck his right mitt out to secure a stunning wicket.
“Oh, dropped him! Oh, he’s got it! Oh, ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous, Chris Gayle. You cannot do that!” the commentator screamed.
Crazy catch from Gayle in the slips
— Abhay (@ImAbhay3) July 15, 2018
wot a catch Chris Gayle !! stunning recovery
— parryhandy (@parrys1) July 15, 2018
Saad Bin Zafar went on to hit an unbeaten 79 as Vancouver reached 148-3 with 15 balls to spare.
Zafar plundered eight boundaries and three sixes in his match-winning 48-ball innings. Zafer and Rassie van der Dussen joined with Vancouver in trouble at 22-3, and with Gayle already back in the pavilion for just 2 runs.
Zafar and van der Dussen advanced Vancouver to 100-3 in 13.1 overs with the run-rate down to one-a-ball, and shared an overall fourth-wicket stand of 126.
Van der Dussen hit the winning boundary to finish 44 not out off 41 balls.
Zafar hit 14 runs – a six and two fours – off the last three balls of the 11th over by Sherfane Rutherford – and a further two boundaries against Derval Green (2-20) in the next over as the run chase began to look comfortable.
with Associated Press