Gayle looks to go against In­dia in T20 semi-fi­nal

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Chris Gayle hopes to smash an­other cen­tury when West Indies re­turns at the Wankhede Sta­dium on Thurs­day for its World Twenty20 semi­fi­nal against In­dia.

"This is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ac­tu­ally start the tour­na­ment and try and pick up where I left off, get a big one for the team and put them in a win­ning po­si­tion," Gayle said on Tues­day.

Gayle's 47-ball cen­tury against Eng­land gave West Indies a win­ning mo­men­tum in the tour­na­ment be­fore Afghanistan broke the three­match win­ning se­quence of the 2012 cham­pion on a turn­ing wicket at Nag­pur.

A nig­gling ham­string in­jury de­nied Gayle a chance to bat against Sri Lanka be­fore he was rested in a close win against South Africa on an­other turn­ing track.

He re­turned against Afghanistan but lasted only two de­liv­er­ies - flick­ing the first one for four be­fore get­ting clean bowled off the next ball.

But the bat­ting-friendly wick­ets in Mum­bai with short square bound­aries ide­ally suits the power hit­ting of Gayle as West Indies raced to 183-4 against Eng­land with 11 balls to spare.

South Africa, also, twice scored over 200 runs at the Wankhede Sta­dium. In the ab­sence of at least two key play­ers, leg-spin­ner Su­nil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard, West Indies has ousted South Africa and de­fend­ing cham­pion Sri Lanka from the tour­na­ment.

"That goes to show the strength of West Indies cricket back home," Gayle said.

"The guys who ac­tu­ally re­placed the first picks, some­one like Car­los Brath­waite, he won us the game against South Africa ... and the bench is still strong enough."

Gayle said that six-run de­feat against Afghanistan has only in­creased the mo­ti­va­tion of West Indies to do well in the semi­fi­nal.

"The only pos­i­tive you can look from the Afghanistan game is the mo­tive," Gayle said.

"We saw In­dia bounce back from los­ing games as well, so it can put us in a strong po­si­tion as well to ac­tu­ally lift our game and do bet­ter on Thurs­day."

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