Sunday 7 June 2009 

ICC WT20: West Indies Satisfied With Win - Gayle

ICC WT20: West Indies Satisfied With Win - Gayle
ICC WT20: West Indies Satisfied With Win - Gayle
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West Indian captain declared himself satisfied with his side's comprehensive seven-wicket win over Australia in their ICC World Twenty20 Group C encounter at The Brit Oval.

Gayle, who pummelled 88 in 50 balls, said: "We are very satisfied. "As I pointed out we had a very tough series against England so we wanted to put a smile back on the West Indies fans faces. That happened today but at the same time it is not over, this is only the first game so we still have a long way to go.

"Hopefully we will make the second round and then we will have different targets - we will be up against different opponents so it is good for us and like I point out in the Twenty20 form of the game because it is the shortest we tend to concentrate a bit better but at the same time we still have work to do. I think out biggest downfall was in the outfield, too many fumbles in the field."

Some of his hitting was of the highest order, one six hitting the roof of the pavilion measured at 105 metres and Gayle doesn't think he has hit one bigger in his career to date.

"That is the first time I have hit it so far," the Jamaican confirmed. "The ball was in the slot,  it is Twenty20 so these things will happen you will have guys who hit it further than me as well so it is one of those things.

"I just stick to my strengths and once it clears the boundary I am satisfied it doesn't matter how far it goes as long as I clear the boundary I am satisfied."

And Gayle had words of praise for his opening partner, Andre Fletcher, who scored a flamboyant 53 alongside his captain.

"I opened the batting with Fletcher in the Stanford 20/20," Gayle said. "We saw when he is on the go how dangerous he can be and to actually continue here is good."

A win against Sri Lanka on 10th June will see the West Indies book their place in the second group stage of the tournament.

© Cricket World 2009

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