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"I'm weird, I'm a weirdo. You think you know me? You don't know me." Chris Gayle begins his autobiography 'Six Machine' in typically in-your-face style, just like his explosive batting. The swashbuckling West Indies opener gives a comprehensive account of his colourful life, right from an impoverished childhood to becoming one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.

The tall, muscular left-hander, who has gifted some of the most unforgettable moments in Twenty20 cricket to followers of the game all around the world, offers rare glimpses into his life and career in the book.

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The West Indians levelled the 3-match series at 1-1 in some style as they raced to a 10-wicket win over New Zealand on day 5 of the second test at Port-of-Spain, thus ending their win-less streak of since they beat the same opposition last year. Chris Gayle provided some late fireworks as he remained unbeaten on 80 from 46 balls as West Indies made light work of their target of 95.

New Zealand batsmen BJ Watling and Mark Craig walked out to bat in the morning session of the fifth and final day, in a bid to try and extend their resistance from the last day. The duo lasted 27.3 overs on day 5 to prevent the West Indies from registering an innings win as they took New Zealand into the lead. Rain interrupted play for a while but that did not hamper the concentration of the two batsmen as they further frustrated the West Indies with both bringing up their half centuries.

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West Indies beat Australia by six wickets with two balls to spare in a thrilling encounter in Dhaka today in the ICC World Twenty20 match. George Bailey won the toss and opted to bat with Australia posting 178-8 in their 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell (45) and Brad Hodge (35) were the top run scorers for the Aussies.

In response, Chris Gayle got the Windies off to a flyer before he was dismissed by James Muirhead for 53 runs off 35 balls at strike rate of 151 and included six fours and two big sixes. He added 50 for the first wicket with Dwayne Smith (17) and another 51 for the second wicket with Lendl Simmons (26). Australia put the pressure on in the middle overs to up the required run rate but Darren Sammy, 34 from just 13 balls, was too strong at the death getting the West Indies home with two balls to spare.

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Former Champions India continued their unbeaten run at the 2014 ICC World T20 with a facile 7 wicket win against the reigning champions, the West Indies in Mirpur. India were largely exceptional with the ball, ordinary in the field and never really got out of second gear with the bat in what was a very one sided contest.

India won the toss and put the West Indies into bat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was completely unplayable with the brand new ball, conceding just 3 runs from 3 overs and beat the bat on numerous occasions. His new ball partner Mohammad Shami was unlucky not to get Chris Gayle in his very first over with Ravichandran Ashwin grassing a regulation chance at first slip. Gayle went on to make 34 and top scored for the West Indies, but it wasn't one of his more explosive innings with his strike rate barely better than a run a ball.

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India dominated the opening day of the first cricket test against the West Indies, bowling out their visitors for a paltry 234 with Mohammad Shami excelling on debut, taking 4 wickets. India's batsmen had 12 overs to survive before the close of play, and their openers did so comfortably, with both Shikhar Dhawan (21*) and Murali Vijay (16*) getting off to starts to set things up nicely for Day 2.

The first test of the 'Farewell Series' kicked off in Kolkata this morning with the West Indies skipper winning the toss and unsurprisingly opting to make first use of the pitch. While the focus remained centred on India's retiring son Sachin Tendulkar, there was cause for celebration in the hosts' camp with Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami deservingly getting their very first test caps. That meant that the Indian line-up reeked of inexperience with the exception of their legendary batsman and skipper MS Dhoni, with no one else having played more than 25 matches.

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Chris Gayle is set to mark a special milestone in his outstanding career when he plays his 250th One-Day International for the West Indies on Sunday.

The powerful left-hander made his international debut back in 1999 against India and said Sunday’s match against Pakistan will be “special”.

The match at the Guyana National Stadium will be the first in the five-match series and will mark a return to international cricket in Guyana after a two-year absence. A huge crowd is expected, with over 85 per cent of the tickets already sold.

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Chris Gayle believes the West Indies have it in them to beat all-comers and win the ICC Champions Trophy for a second time. The powerful left-handed opening batsman said winning the mini-World Cup won’t be an easy task, but the players from the Caribbean are prepared to fight hard.

“We are switched on! We can win it! The last time, nine years ago, no one thought we would win it but we did. It was a great feeling and we would love to win it again for the people back home and those all over the world who support us. We have a good fan base here, a lot to play for, with a lot of West Indians living here who will come out and support us. We can use that victory (2004) and we can use the T20 victory last year as positives as we look ahead to this tournament,” Gayle said.

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