Friday, December 15, 2017

Gayle: This was sweet

Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet victory! That is how West Indies opener Chris Gayle described his team’s six-wicket win over Australia in their high-scoring ICC World T20 Group Two match at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh, yesterday.

Gayle said he was really pumped up for the contest against one of the top teams in the tournament and hopes that the regional side can take that energy into their final group game against Pakistan next Tuesday.

Australia batted first and scored 178 for eight but that was not enough as Gayle smacked 53 off 35 balls to set up the chase which ended with skipper Darren Sammy hitting James Faulkner for consecutive sixes to kick-start the celebrations as the Windies reached 179 for four off 19.4 overs.

“It was a must-win game for us to actually give ourselves a chance to make the semi-final and the way we went about it, batting-wise, was excellent,” said Gayle. “I thought myself and (Dwayne) Smith has been batting really well. 

‘’Smith exploded in the last game and in this game he actually got out early. (Lendl ) Simmons played a part as well but the captain all credit go to him to actually score 34 in 13 balls to give us this win,” the West Indies opener added.

He said it was a conscious decision to attack the Australia bowlers early on and it paid off. “They have a quality bowling attack. We wanted to get them on the counterattack and it paid off for us. In the end it was good but we slow up in the middle period but the start was excellent,” Gayle added.

He said it is always good to get a win against Australia and that was the motivation for the players to step up their game. “It is always another edge to step up your game against a team like Australia. When you look at the Australian team on paper, they are one of the best all-round teams in this tournament and there has been a lot of talk and those things add up as well and we just want to beat them,” Gayle added.