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Pollard tells of the value of Gayle

THE KIERON POLLARD COLUMN

When I came out to bat against Australia, I was aware that I hadn’t made much impact on the tournament. Chris [Gayle] came up to me then and told me: “Tonight, I want to see the old Pollard”. His words had a very big impact on me because Chris has been around so long in international cricket. He takes pride in watching me bat, and knows what I can do for the team. From a young player’s perspective, it gave me instant confidence. I knew I could go there and perform.

Rampaul: Big day for one and all!

Colombo, Sri Lanka - After a career-best bowling performance in Twenty20 cricket in Friday night’s semi-final against Australia, Ravi Rampaul is eyeing more success when he takes the ball against Sri Lanka in Sunday’s grand final.

The seamer took 3-16 - two wickets in his first over - as West Indies outplayed the Aussies to advance to the final of the ICC World T20 tournament, which will be contested at the 35,000-seater R Premdasa Stadium.

FINAL PREVIEW: Windies United

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC – West Indies captain Darren Sammy says despite the convincing nature of his side’s semi-final victory, they will have to improve even further if they are to beat Sri Lanka in the World T20 final on Sunday.

The Caribbean side will be chasing their first World title in eight years when they face the unbeaten hosts at the R Premadasa Stadium at 7 pm (9:30 am Eastern Caribbean time/8:30 am Jamaica Time).

Words of wisdom from Clive Lloyd

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC – West Indies captain Darren Sammy revealed Saturday that legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd had written to the team pledging his support for Sunday’s World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka.

Lloyd, now 68, is rated among the greatest West Indian cricketers of all-time and one of the best leaders in the history of the game. He was at the helm of the West Indies in the glory days of the 1970s and 80s and lifted the World Cup in 1975 and 1979.

Bravo wants huge birthday win

Colombo, Sri Lanka, CMC – West Indies vice captain Dwayne Bravo has hailed the contribution of the senior players in the West Indies World Twenty20 Championship success.

The experienced players in the Caribbean side have all played pivotal roles in getting the Windies to Sunday’s final against hosts Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium.

“We’re looking forward to Sunday’s game. It’s going to be one big effort again. It’s nice to see the senior players actually taking ownership and controlling this format,” Bravo said Saturday.

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