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WI hunt second win at T20 World Cup

Published:Sunday | March 20, 2016 | 3:00 AM
West Indies opener Chris Gayle.

BANGALORE, India (CMC):

West Indies will look to separate themselves from the crowd while taking a giant step towards the next round when they clash with Sri Lanka in their second game of the Twenty20 World Cup today. The match starts at 9 a.m. Jamaica time.

They lead Group 1 following their convincing six-wicket victory over England in Mumbai last Wednesday, but are on two points along with Sri Lanka and England, who are second and third, respectively, based on net run rate.

However, fully aware that another win would put the Caribbean side further out front, captain Darren Sammy said there would be no letting up in the intensity with which they planned to approach the contest at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"Tomorrow's game becomes very, very important for us especially with the way the group is turning out," Sammy warned.

"Before we came here, when we looked at the schedule, the coach did mention that every game should be played like a final, and tomorrow's no different. We have played Sri Lanka in a final before, we lost to them twice in the semis, so it is very important in the context of how the group is turning out.

"Hopefully, we can keep on winning because that's what we're in the tournament here to do. Like I've said many times, once we do what we know we can do - and you saw it against England - [we will be successful]."

West Indies are riding on the momentum from their emphatic win over England, when they chased down 183 to win with 11 balls to spare at the Wankhede Stadium.

The victory was led by superstar opener Chris Gayle, who struck an unbeaten even century to become the first player to reach triple figures twice in T20 World Cup history.

"Our bowlers did what we had to do and then our batters, led by Chris, chased it down very well. Today, another venue, good wicket, hopefully we can have another exciting match, but we come out victorious."

Today's venue is the home of Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore, whose batting is spearheaded by Gayle.