Gayle fails again as Thunder's lose
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - The Sydney Thunder lost yet again, but at least superstar Chris Gayle finally did something to justify his whopping price tag.
So said Sydney Sixers skipper Brad Haddin, who went out of his way to take a bitter swipe at the big West Indian during tonight's cross-town Big Bash League derby.
Haddin was far from impressed with the way Gayle celebrated his wicket as the Sixers slumped to 3-63 in their pursuit of the Thunder's 6-132.
Already angered by the amount of time Gayle was taking in between deliveries, Haddin eventually holed out to Simon Keen on 18 runs.
Gayle leaned back in the middle of the ground, beat his chest and then broke into his trademark Gangnam Style dance.
Haddin shook his head as he walked off, then turned to Gayle to hand out his bat, implying he had done nothing with the willow earlier.
Haddin arrived at the boundary and told Fox Sports: "He's been all talk so far this tournament and they haven't won a game.
"It's disappointing to get out then, I was feeling pretty good.
"But at least the Thunder fans have seen Chris Gayle do something for his money."
Arguably the world's best Twenty20 player, Gayle departed for just nine runs in another non-eventful stint at the crease.
He had flopped in his previous four matches for the Thunder, with an average of just 14 for the BBL whipping boys.
What makes it tougher for the Thunder fans is the fact Gayle chews up a quarter of the Thunder's $1 million salary cap.
It was Test hopeful Usman Khawaja who came to the Thunder's rescue when they slumped to an embarrassing 4-27 in the seventh over.
Khawaja tonked an unbeaten 66 off 47 balls, including three consecutive boundaries in the final over, to remind Test selectors of why he should be the player to permanently replace Mike Hussey.
Khawaja will swap the lime green for potentially the baggy green when he enters the Test camp tomorrow on standby for injured skipper Michael Clarke.
Knowing Hussey will retire after the SCG Test against Sri Lanka, Khawaja knows he'll get first crack at the job.
And runs in any format will help the 26-year-old Sydneysider cement his spot in a young Australian batting line-up facing a busy 2013 with tough road trips to India and England.
As for the Sixers, they remain an outside chance to sneak into the BBL finals courtesy of their four-wicket win, and it was Daniel Hughes's unbeaten half-century that steered them to the victory.
There were concerns over Steve Smith (14 off 15), who was nursing a sore set of ribs after he received a knock while batting.
Haddin, however, quipped afterwards that Smith got a knock to the "love handles".