Gayle: Plenty more to come
Chris Gayle is promising more of the same from West Indies in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka, after their 74-run win over Australia.
Gayle top-scored with an unbeaten 75 from just 41 balls at the Premadasa Stadium, as he and others smashed 14 sixes on the way to 205 for four.
Australia batted as if overawed by that target - and although George Bailey matched Gayle almost shot for shot in his career-best 63, the difference was that he received no significant support from the top order.
Gayle predicts the Windies will be intent on similarly aggressive tactics back at the same venue on Sunday.
"We're definitely going to 'rock' against Sri Lanka," said the destructive opener, who is pleased to have already played the hosts once in this tournament - albeit in a Super Eight defeat in Pallekele.
"We know what to expect, the atmosphere, the noise.
"It's going to be a thriller, up against world-class players.
"It's going to be good fun. We're happy to be in the final, but we want to win it.
"It's just one more hurdle now, and it's going to be a challenge against Sri Lanka."
Gayle had little of the strike, especially early in his innings, but it made little difference as others helped to force the pace.
"They didn't surrender," he said of Australia.
"They had a plan - the more they could get me off strike the better, and they'd have loved to have got me out as early as possible.
"It was a slow track. So to be there at the end was very helpful, with the rest of the guys to play around me.
"It was a slow start, and I didn't get much strike.
"But I didn't panic, or lose focus. Then the guys came in and hit some boundaries, and took some pressure off me.
"We were looking to get 150-160. So to get 40 runs extra was a bonus, and we're very thankful for that."
Australia captain Bailey gave due credit to the opposition, and Gayle in particular. "Chris Gayle can do that to you," he said.
"I thought we bowled okay, but we just needed to take wickets.
"The way Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo batted took the pressure off Chris. He could bat at the tempo he wanted - and then when he did go, he went beautifully.
"In Twenty20 cricket there's always a hundred things you could do differently ... but I just think we got outplayed by a better team."
Australia's innings began with a spat between their opener David Warner and Samuels, which required intervention from the umpires.
But Gayle pointed out the match ended harmoniously, explaining Samuels needed to make a point after Warner had made some remarks earlier.
"When Marlon was batting, he might have said something to Marlon," he said.
"Marlon is that type of person, once someone has said something to him he's going to give it back.
"It was just that moment. Once you get it, you have to give it back.
"But nothing happened at the end; we shook hands."
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