Gayle: ‘I prefer to hit more sixes than boundaries. I am really happy with the win. I hope to do well against Sri Lanka on Sunday. We needed this victory badly and we are glad to defeat Australia. I was aware that I was not on strike but I was confident that the other guys would score. I had good support from Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo played his part. Some big hits from Pollard pushed us beyond 200. I did not panic. I take into consideration which bowlers I target. Starc bowled well. I had to target the spinners and it paid off. I like to say sorry to Sri Lanka because that World Cup is OURS. We are going to have more support but this World Cup is for the West Indies. The atmosphere in the Super eight game against Sri Lanka was amazing. It will be a good game in the final but we WILL come out on top.’
Chris Gayle is the MoM for his unbeaten 75 off 41 balls.
Sammy: ‘We did what we had to do to get into the semi-finals. The way Gayle and Samuels played set the game up. We had to bring our A-game today and the bowler’s responded. If we look at the quality in the dressing room, we only need to execute our skills. I just tell Gayle good luck while batting. What he brings to the team is amazing. We have one more hurdle to cross and we hope to cross it. Sri Lanka are a tough team to beat and we hope to have a great game in the final.’
Bailey: ‘We were outplayed and full credit to the West Indies. They deserve to be in the final. Gayle was subdued for a little while. Samuels and Dwayne Bravo eased the presure off Gayle, but Gayle was superb. We have to play our best cricket in the knock-out stages but West Indies were better. There is no one particular area where we can improve. We need to improve on all three departments.’