Sunday 7 June 2009 

ICC WT20: Ponting Lauds 'Brutal' Chris Gayle Innings

ICC WT20: Ponting Lauds 'Brutal' Chris Gayle Innings
ICC WT20: Ponting Lauds 'Brutal' Chris Gayle Innings
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Ricky Ponting's Australian side was on the wrong end of a brutal innings of 88 in 50 balls from Chris Gayle which steered the West Indies to a seven-wicket victory in yesterday's ICC World Twenty20 Group C clash and after the match, Ponting lauded Gayle for his superb effort.

"Obviously we know what he is capable of on his day," Ponting said. "Chris has made hundreds in this format of the game before, I think the first game of the last tournament he actually did that. So we spoke about getting the first over of each innings right and as it turned out we lost two wickets in the first over of our batting innings and a lot off our first bowling over as well so with the game being as short as it is you cant afford to give momentum away like that at the begining of the innings.

"You have to give them some credit I guess," he added. "169 I felt was going to be a competetive total, if we take some wickets up front with the new ball and hit the boundaries early on and had all the momentum going their way, so they outplayed us today for sure."

Ponting denied that Australia had been guilty of underestimating the West Indies, who cruised to victory in the 16th over at The Oval.

"I don't think so," he said. "We know how dangerous a side they can be and in this format of the game I dont think you can afford to take your foot of the accelerator, as we saw last night with the Netherlands-England game. The shorter the format of the game the closer it brings teams together, and when opposition teams have players like Chris Gayle who can come in and do that sort of thing, it does bring the teams closer. 

"We didn't underestimate anybody, we trained really hard for the week and a half that we have been here and our practice form has been pretty good but we just didnt get it done today."

Australia have a chance to redeem themselves when they take on Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge tomorrow (8th June).

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