West Indies looking for a win against Sri Lanka

NOTTINGHAM, England -- The West Indies have qualified for the Super Eights stage of the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 Tournament, but they won’t be easing up when they play their final Group C match against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. The West Indies had a first round triumph over Australia when captain Chris Gayle hammered an amazing 88 off 50 balls which included six sixes. On Monday Sri Lanka defeated Australia thereby eliminated the Aussies, as the top two teams from the group advanced.

Gayle said his team will be trying to get a victory over Sri Lanka when they meet at Trent Bridge on Wednesday at 130 pm (830 am Eastern Caribbean Time/730 am Jamaica Time).

“Every game is very important, so naturally we will be looking to win when we play against Sri Lanka and look from there to also get a victory on Friday [against India at Lord’s]. We are positive that we can take it from here. We will be ready for it and we have the self-belief that we can get the job done. All games are very important, and we are fully aware that there is a lot out there to play for,” Gayle said.

“We had a wonderful start against Australia and we are happy to be here. We know our weaknesses and we know of strengths so we have to continue working on our game … and when we hit the middle we will make sure we are ready for whoever we face.”

Gayle also mentioned that he was carrying a knee injury, but is hopeful of playing on Wednesday.

“I’m carrying a bit of an injury. I’m trying to get back in my stride ... the knee is swollen, so let’s see what happens.”

The West Indies have qualified for Group E of the Super Eights alongside South Africa, England and India. Group F will include New Zealand, Pakistan, Ireland and Sri Lanka.