Opener scores quickfire 72 off 41 balls in his last ODI innings.
West Indies won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a maiden to start the innings, Gayle swung into form when Mohammed Shami bowled a no-ball. The opener punished the free hit for a six and then never looked back.
The 100-run stand came in 9.1 overs when Chris Gayle hit Khaleel Ahmed for his fourth six. With that the West Indies opener also posted his 50
India got the much-needed breakthrough when Yuzvendra Chahal came on in the 11th over. Lewis was caught by Shikhar Dhawan as Chahal tossed one up and Lewis came down the wicket only to top-edge an attempted heave to long-on. Lewis made 43 off 29 balls. The first-wicket stand was worth 115 runs.
In the next over, Khaleel Ahmed accounted for Chris Gayle, playing his last ODI innings. Gayle was brilliantly caught by captain Virat Kohli. Khaleel bowled a full-length delivery outside the off-stump and Gayle played it to mid-off where Kohli dived forward to complete the catch.
Gayle will surely go down as one of the greats in white-ball cricket. The Jamaican has played 301 ODIs and scored a mammoth 10,480 runs.
Each and every player of the Indian team shook Gayle’s hand as he walked off the field after being dismissed on Wednesday. The ‘Universe Boss’, as he does on most occasions, wore a big smile and raised his bat and helmet as he soaked in the applause. Gayle’s 41-ball 72 had five sixes and eight fours.
India came back into the game when the spinners came on. Chahal and Kedar Jadhav bowled 10 overs between them to check the West Indies charge.
Speaking at the toss, Holder said: "We are going to bat first. Seems like a good wicket and opportunity to put some runs on the board. We need to focus on things we can control. We've done a lot of talk, it's time for execution. We need to learn and take responsibility. We got to play as a team. We've got two changes. Sheldon Cotrell is out and Keemo Paul replaces him. We've left out Oshane Thomas and brought in Fabien Allen."
Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli said: "Not a bad thing at all, the toss is not in your control mostly. It's an opportunity to come out here and execute our skill-sets. We spoke about in the last game, how after a drinks break, we lost our way.”
Brief scores: West Indies 158 for 2 in 22 overs (Chris Gayle 72, Evin Lewis 43, Y Chahal 1/21)