ICC T20 World Cup 2012: Darren Sammy lauds Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles after win over England

Johnson Charles top-scored with 84 for the West Indies during their win over England in their Super Eight match Getty Images

Pallekele: Sep 28 2012

West Indies captain, Darren Sammy was all praise for his openers Chris Gayle (58) and Johnson Charles (84), who added 103 runs for the opening wicket to set the platform the for the West Indies’ total.

West Indies defeated England by 15 runs in their first Super Eight match on Thursday.

“We backed ourselves to set a target and Chris (Gayle) and Charles got us going well. It’s good to see the way Johnson Charles played, he stared off slow but he constructed an important innings,” Sammy said.

“With (Sunil) Narine, (Marlon) Samuel, Chris (Gayle), we decided to maximise our spinners against England and it worked out.”

Man-of-the-match Charles was also happy with his effort.

“It feels very good, coming up here we want to win the tournament. It feels very good because it’s my first one,” Charles said.

“If you bowl straight on a back of a length it is hard to score – Steve Finn is a tall man, hard to hit. It’s just a matter of staying in the crease and scoring the runs.”(PTI)

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