Gayle relishing chance to exact revenge on hosts
Chris Gayle, the West Indies captain, wants to end a disappointing tour of England on a high by beating the hosts in the World Twenty20 tonight. The Windies, beaten in both the Test and one-day series this summer, will take on Paul Collingwood's side at The Oval with a place in the semi-finals potentially at stake.
"This is an important one. Obviously they have got the better of us over the last few weeks and it's a must-win for us," said Gayle. "We have everything to play for, we will go there and give it our best shot. We know we can beat them, we have done it before.
"It's a crucial game and could put us through to the semi-finals so we are looking forward to it. It would be nice to have the last say for the entire summer against England."
West Indies secured a surprise win over India in their opening Super Eights game but could not repeat the feat when they took the field – 18 hours later – against South Africa on Saturday. Lendl Simmons hit a sparkling 77 and although the Proteas held out for a 20-run win, captain Graeme Smith knows they remain dangerous opponents. "They back themselves, they play aggressively so you really need to be on top of your game," Smith said. "The Oval suits their style of batting as well, they are boundary hitters. Lendl Simmons played beautifully, he's a difficult guy to bowl to and was scoring all around the ground."
Umar Gul's incredible burst of five wickets for six runs, the best-ever bowling in a Twenty20 international, helped Pakistan skittle out New Zealand for 99 at The Oval on Saturday. If they beat Ireland today they will be in the last four. New Zealand need a win over Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge tomorrow to stand any chance of reaching the last four.
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