Gayle predicts Windies win against Sri Lanka
Chris Gayle, whose powerful batting laid the foundation for a West Indies semi-final win against Australia yesterday, is predicting his side will emerge victorious when they meet Sri Lanka in the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 tomorrow.
Gayle batted throughout the innings to be unbeaten on 75 before the West Indian bowlers ripped the heart out of the Aussie batting as the Caribbean side prevailed by 74 runs.
"I am very happy with the team win and I think this world cup is going to be ours. Sorry Sri Lanka, but it's definitely ours," Gayle said in a post match interview. "The support is going to be more West Indian support. Definitely we love Sri Lanka but sorry Sri Lanka it's West Indies all the way."
Hosts Sri Lanka, who beat West Indies earlier in the tournament, defeated Pakistan by 16 runs on Thursday to reach the finals of the competition.
"We know what to expect," said Gayle.
"We had a chance to play against them in the preliminary game. I think the final will be a good final, but West Indies (will come out) on top, definitely."
Gayle, starved of the strike at one stage in the semi-final, fostered a trio of partnerships with big-hitting all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo that eventually created a one-sided contest. Samuels helped set up the innings with 26, Bravo scored an aggressive 37 and Pollard hit 38, which included three sixes.
"It was a good performance from the team. We needed this victory so badly. Australia was actually playing good cricket, so to come here and turn the tablec is very pleasing." said Gayle.
"I didn't get much strike, but I told myself once I am here to the end I am sure the guys will bat around me, and get a good total on the board".