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Hero Gayle shoulders blame for narrow loss

Chris Gayle admitted his dismissal was crucial as his side lost a fourth one-day international to Australia by a single run.

Chris Gayle's 92 was in vain for the West Indies.
Chris Gayle's 92 was in vain for the West Indies.

BASSETERRE // The West Indies captain Chris Gayle admitted his dismissal was crucial as his side lost a fourth one-day international to Australia on Friday by a single run. Chasing 283 for victory, the Windies looked to be on course to clinch their first win of the five-match series in Basseterre at 188 for two in the 34th over. But Gayle's departure to Shane Watson for 92 slowed down the charge and the hosts finished their 50 overs on 281 for six as Australia claimed a one-run win. "I thought myself and (Ramnaresh) Sarwan really set the foundation," said Gayle.

"Sarwan getting out in the end and the manner in which I got out as well... I was very disappointed. I really take the blame for that, I should have carried on and get a hundred and seen the team home." The 28-year-old felt it necessary to apologise to the home fans who turned out at Warner Park for the way his team threw away such a promising position. "We apologise for the loss," he said. "I would have given up these runs (his 92) to actually get a victory today.

"We really need to give the fans something, I'm really disappointed to come out on the losing side again. "We still have one more game to go (today's fifth ODI) and we're going to play it hard again." * PA Sport