COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Chris Gayle, whose powerful batting laid the foundation for a West Indies semi-final win against Australia yesterday, is predicting his side will emerge victorious when they meet Sri Lanka in tomorrow's final (8:30 a.m. Jamaica time).
Gayle batted throughout the innings to be unbeaten on 75 before the West Indian bowlers ripped the heart out of the Aussie batting as the Caribbean side prevailed by 74 runs.
"I am very happy with the team win and I think this world cup is going to be ours. Sorry, Sri Lanka, but it's definitely ours," Gayle said in a post-match interview.
"The support for the West Indies will be greater. Definitely, we love Sri Lanka, but sorry, Sri Lanka, it's West Indies all the way."
Hosts Sri Lanka, who beat West Indies earlier in the tournament, defeated Pakistan by 16 runs on Thursday to reach the final of the competition.
EXPECTING GOOD FINAL
"We know what to expect,"said Gayle.
"We had a chance to play against them in the preliminary game. I think the final will be a good final but West Indies will be on top, definitely."
Gayle, starved of the strike at one stage in the semi-final, fostered a trio of partnerships with Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo that eventually created a one-sided contest.
Samuel helped set up the innings with 26, Bravo scored an aggressive 37 and Pollard hit 38 which included three sixes.
"It was a good performance from the team. We needed this victory so badly. Australia were actually playing good cricket so to come here and turn the table is very pleasing," said Gayle.
"I didn't get much strike but I told myself that once I am here to the end I'm sure the guys will bat around me and get a good total on the board."