Charles keen to deliver for Windies all the time

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 08:54 hrs

West Indies opener Johnson Charles has said he was pleased with his 84-run effort in a Twenty20 World Cup Super Eight clash against England, which netted him the Man-of-the-Match award on Thursday night.

Interacting with media after the match, which the West Indies won by 15 runs, Charles said: "I'm pretty happy. Getting Man-of-the-Match in this T20 World Cup tournament feels good, and what is great about it, is the fact that we went on to win the match."

"This is my first major contribution for the West Indies and I'm delighted that it led to a victory at this stage in the tournament," he added.

The 23-year-old opener cracked 84 off just 56 balls to set-up a victory by 15 runs over England, in front a sell-out crowd at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Thursday night.

The result gave the Windies their first win of the tournament and moved them to the top of Group 1 in the second phase of the competition.

Charles featured in a brilliant opening stand of 103 off 11 overs with Chris Gayle, who cracked 54 off 35 balls with six boundaries and four sixes, as the West Indies rallied to make 179-8 off 20 overs. England could only reply with 165 for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Charles made his international debut for the West Indies last September against England and returned to the team for the Digicel Series against Australia in March.

The knock was the highest score for Charles in West Indies colours, surpassing the 37 he made against Australia in Barbados earlier this year.

The strongly-built right-hander said he enjoyed batting with Gayle. Throughout his innings, which included ten fours and three huge sixes, Charles played some stunning shots.

"If you're batting with Chris Gayle, you know his ability, you know what he can do ... you just have to give him the strike, sit back and watch. He's that type of player, he just explodes ... he keeps it lively, and that takes the pressure off you. Just as Gayle can hit the ball far, I back myself to be able to hit the ball long and far and score quickly as well," Charles added.

"Once he (Gayle) got out, I had to take the leading role and take it from there. There was still some work to do as we were looking for a big total, so I knew I had to keep going and set the platform. I will look to build on this start and look to achieve greater things for the West Indies. I always had the belief that I could perform and now I have proven it, it's time to be consistent and make a contribution all the time." By Praful Kumar Singh

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