Lanka must get Gayle early to win final: Bailey

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Updated: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 12:47 [IST]
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Colombo, Oct 6: Australia T20 skipper George Bailey alerted Sri Lanka, as he said removing Chris Gayle early is the key to win the final after Aussies lost to West Indies by 74 runs in the semifinal at Premadasa Stadium on Friday.

'Getting Gayle early, key to win final'

"If Sri Lanka can get Gayle out for under 20, they will win. But if they don't, the West Indies will prove too strong," alerted Bailey.

Moreover, Aussie skipper further added saying that any team can chase down a challenging score of 160 against Windies attack, but getting out Gayle early is the key.

"With the West Indies attack, you can chase down 160. I am sitting on the fence a bit. But the two best teams got into the final."

"The plan always was to get Chris out early. His record speaks for itself, so the key is to get him out early," he said.

Talking about the team's 74-run loss to Windies Bailey said the team was made to look like that as Chris Gayle was on song, as he hit 6 sixes and 5 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 75 off 41 balls.

"Were we helpless? Probably Chris Gayle can do that to you. When he did go, he went beautifully," Bailey said.

"In hindsight you can do things differently, but the fact is that we just got outplayed," he added.

Further Bailey admitted that Aussies were totally outplayed by West Indies and said that they did not
perform well on Friday.

"There are no excuses. The best team absolutely won the game tonight. There is a gap between your best and worst cricket, and we did not play good cricket at all," said Bailey after his team was bundled out for 131 in the semifinal against West Indies on Friday.

"Anything can happen in this game. You can bowl full tosses and get hit down mid-wicket's throat, or the good ball will go for a six," he added.


Story first published:  Saturday, October 6, 2012, 12:45 [IST]
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