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When you come to shoot, shoot - don't talk #henrygayle

What is sport without a little side story 

The West Indians beat the Australians in a thriller yesterday in Dhaka.  No big surprises there - the Windies are in fact the defending champions for the World T20 crown.  But what was surprising was the way they celebrated after the win.  You would not blamed if you thought they had won the cup again.  Darren Sammy hit James Faulkner for 2 consecutive sixers and ran towards the dug out like Usain Bolt with pads.  Darren Bravo threw his bat in the sky and ran in circles a la Shoaib Akthar.  And the normally passive Chris Gayle broke out into an angry Gangnam.  What was going on?

In a match last year, Faulkner got rid of Gayle and then shouted obscenities at him when Gayle was walking away.  He was promptly fined for that and clearly there was no love lost between the two players.  To add further spice (masala in these parts of the world), Faulkner went on to say two days ago that 'he doesn't particularly like the West Indians' and 'wouldn't mind knocking them over'.  Looks like this set off the West Indians.  They were looking to revenge and had their back to the walls when they had to chase down a huge 180 in order to win.  Then the flamboyant West Indians got going.  Chris Gayle at the top and Bravo & Sammy at the end tore into the Aussie attack and won the game.  Fittingly, the winning six was scored off Faulkner - as if saying 'shut up now'.

What a game of cricket.  What fun.  And as Chris Gayle put it so eloquently in a post match tweet 'when you come to shoot, shoot - don't talk'. 



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