Gayle: Plenty more to come

Chris Gayle insists West Indies will not alter their tactics against Sri Lanka

Chris Gayle insists West Indies will not alter their tactics against Sri Lanka

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Chris Gayle is promising more of the same from West Indies in the ICC World Twenty20 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.

And Gayle predicts the Windies will be intent on similarly aggressive tactics back at the same venue on Sunday, saying: "We're definitely going to 'rock' against Sri Lanka. 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."

He went on: "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 George Bailey gave due credit to the opposition, and Gayle in particular, saying: "Chris Gayle can do that to you. I thought we bowled okay, but we just needed to take wickets."

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