ICC T20 World Cup 2012: Beating Australia would be crucial, says Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle hit an unbeaten 65 off 48 balls, as the West Indies registered an eight-wicket win over Afghanistan Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Sep 18, 2012

Chris Gayle on Tuesday said that the main challenge for West Indies would be to defeat Australia during the group match in the Twenty20 World Cup.

“The main challenge is going to be the first match with the Aussies. If we get past Australia we should know where we’re at.

“Even if that doesn’t happen we have to make sure we qualify and that would make the game against Ireland vital for us …they have upset a lot of big teams so we have to be very mindful of that.

“The sub-continent teams are always challenging and the task against them will be difficult. Every team has a chance, but I know once we stick to our plans I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t make it to the final and take it from there,” Gayle was quoted saying by the Times of India.

Gayle hit an unbeaten 65 off 48 balls, as the West Indies registered an eight-wicket win over Afghanistan.

After the match, Gayle said he was pleased with the overall team performance.

“It was a decent pitch to bat on so credit must go to the bowlers for the way they went out and restricted Afghanistan for 122, and that helped us to finish off strongly with the bat. I’m really happy with that,” Gayle said.

“Down here you get good pitches to bat on…I think we stuck to the task well against Afghanistan. We didn’t get off to a flyer when we batted, we lost Dwayne Smith so I had to build a partnership with young Johnson Charles and he played well. When he got out Marlon came in and we finished off well. A lot of guys didn’t get a hit, but they are preparing mentally for the first match.”

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