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'The key was to stay till the end' - Gayle

Chris Gayle scored 75 off 41 balls as the West Indies demolished Australia to book their place in the ICC World Twenty20 final (00:00)

October 5, 2012

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Australia v WI, 2nd semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo

'The key was to stay till the end' - Gayle

October 5, 2012

To be honest with you it was actually a slow track so the key was for me to be there until the end, that was very important and it allowed the rest of the guys to come in and play around me. It was a slow start and I didn't get much of the strike in the first six overs but what was important was me not to panic and to focus on scoring. I had to stick to the task so the other guys could play around me and Marlon Samules came in and hit a few boundaries which took the pressure off me a bit and then the partnership with [Dwayne] Bravo helped a lot in the end and got that total to 200. All in all the key was to be there until the end and we were able to pick up some good runs today, it was a good batting display.

We did not expect that sort of big total to be honest with you. We had a target but we have been watching the games here, knew it was a slow track and that spinners would have a big part. But we capitalised on the bad balls and we put them under a bit of pressure, that paid off for us today. With the Powerplay we were able to score as well. To get that target was very good, we were looking for a target around 150-160 but to get 40 extra runs was a bonus for us and we are thankful for that.


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