According to Gayle, the victory was sweet on the account that the Aussies are viewed as one of the stronger teams in the competition.
“It was a sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet victory. This was a must-win game for us to actually give ourselves a chance to go to the semi-finals and the way we went about it batting-wise was excellent,” Gayle exclaimed.
“There is always that extra edge and you have to step up your game when you play against Australia. When you look at Australia’s team on paper, they are one of the best all-round teams in this format of the game. There’s been a lot of talk [before the game] and that added up, and I just wanted to beat them.”
The build-up to the game was highlighted by Faulkner’s controversial comment that he did not “particularly like” the West Indies, and it was evident the Caribbean side was extra motivated to beat the Aussies.
Chasing 179 for victory, West Indies staged their highest successful run chase in T20s to seal a six-wicket win, with Sammy clobbering two sixes to earn the 12 runs his side needed for victory off the last balls of the game.
Gayle rocketed off the mark for the Caribbean Side smashing 53 off 35 balls and according to him, was their initial plan.
“I’ve been hitting the ball really well. The last game I was [scoring] a little slow but these things do happen in cricket. It’s not everytime you’re going to get good conditions to bat in so it’s just one of those things,” Gayle said.