Gayle and Lewis smashed 114 in the first ten overs.
A Chris Gayle blitzkrieg at the start set West Indies up nicely in the third ODI in Trinidad on Wednesday (August 14). Two rain interruptions reduced the contest to 35-overs-per-side as the hosts ended with 240 for 7. India, however, will have to chase down 255 to seal the series given there is no more rain. In between the two rain interruptions, there was plenty of entertainment for the West Indies fans as Gayle and Evin Lewis hammered 114 in the powerplay before persistent rain led to a frustrating wait.
Speculations were ripe about Gayle's retirement as he walked off to a standing ovation from the fans, the Indian players and the West Indies players after hammering 72 off 41. The first rain interruption came in after just 1.3 overs and yet there was no shortage of action in those nine balls. Jason Holder finally won the toss and had no hesitation sticking his openers in. Bhuvneshwar Kumar started with a maiden but a Mohammed Shami free-hit was dispatched by Gayle for a six in the second over.
When play resumed, Lewis and Gayle collaborated to toy with the Indian bowling as Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Khaleel Ahmed were tonked around the park. Gayle raced to his half-century - off 30 balls - as West Indies crossed the 100-run mark in the tenth over. Lewis, though, got carried away and tried to match Gayle without proper execution. Trying to slog a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery, he mistimed the ball to Shikhar Dhawan at long-on.
Five balls later, Gayle slapped at Khaleel delivery to Virat Kohli at mid-off as West Indies found themselves in a fairly strong position at 121 for 2 in 11.4 overs. The next 62 balls resulted in 37 runs as Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer tried to build on the bullish start with the spinners pulling things back for India.
A three-hour rain delay followed but play did resume at 235pm local time. After resumption, West Indies played out 29 deliveries without a boundary as Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope fell looking for quick runs. Nicolas Pooran propped up the score with some crisp hits - fetching the side 30 off 16 - to set up a challenging total for the visitors.
Brief scores: West Indies 240/7 in 35 overs (Chris Gayle 72; Khaleel Ahmed 3-68) vs India.