Gayle changed West Indies~~ destiny, says Lara

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kingston:An ecstatic West Indies captain Brian Lara revealed that he had given up hopes of a victory and was instead playing for a tie but Chris Gayle's timely advice a ball before Dwayne Bravo bowled Yuvraj Singh turned the match in his team's favour.

''We brought the field out and were hoping that Yuvraj would take a single and then we can put pressure on Munaf Patel. However, Gayle came to me and said that Bravo should aim for a wicket. It was then that Bravo bowled a slower one that bowled Yuvraj,'' a relieved Lara said after the match.

The West Indian skipper was all praise for Bravo and said the variety in his bowling paid off at the crucial point and broke India's 17-match winning streak while chasing.

Lara also felt that it was an important win for his team and that the players did well to defend the small total against a formidable Indian batting line up.

''We do get in winning positions but are not able to win many times, be it One-dayers or Test matches. It was important for us to win here and the boys did well to defend a small target,'' Lara said.

Man of the Match Ramnaresh Sarwan said he had no regrets on missing out on a hundred and was happy to be a part of winning side.

''I was telling myself that I have to bat for 50 overs and try and take our total past the 200 mark. I was aiming for around 230 but Indian bowlers bowled very well,'' said Sarwan giving due credit to the opposition bowling attack.

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