After a torrid tour of England this summer, the West Indies have had the last laugh by defeating Paul Collingwood's men and thus eliminating the hosts from the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in England.
Guyanese batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was the man of the match for scoring 19 from nine balls in the rain-reduced contest. Sarwan has been in tremendous form against England in 2009, making scores of 106,104, and 291 in the Test series in the Caribbean as well as 100 in the return series in England.
When asked if those stats gave Sarwan belief when he walked out to bat with the West Indies five wickets down and needing 10 an over to win he said.
"To be honest, I always believe in myself in any situation and I had Shiv [Chanderpaul] there and we have been in these situations before,” he said.
“I knew if we had one good over we would be in pretty good shape.”
The West Indies have now sealed their place in the semi-finals of the competition and captain Chris Gayle said it is time for other teams to show the men from the Caribbean some respect.
"I have said before people need to show us some respect,” he declared.
“We are here to play good cricket and The Oval is a good ground for us. We won the Champions trophy here [in 2004], we beat England here, and now today, hopefully the semi-final will be here."
Gayle added that it is satisfying to be in the last four having been written off.
"We were written off by a lot of people at the start of the tournament so to be in the semi-finals as far as I am concerned every member of my team is a winner and should be very proud.”
The West Indies will more than likely face Sri Lanka in the semi-finals, and having already beaten Australia, India and England it would take a brave person to bet against the men in maroon turning in more quality performances and winning the prestigious trophy in six days.
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