After defeat in the last four of the World Twenty20 two years ago, Darren Sammy insists West Indies are not seeking revenge against Sri Lanka.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy maintains that revenge is not a motivating factor for his side as they prepare to meet Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
At the tournament two years ago, West Indies lost out in the semi-finals to??eventual champions Sri Lanka, who prevailed by 27 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The??sides come into this clash at the??M Chinnaswamy Stadium in??Bangalore having tasted victory in their respective Super 10 openers.
A Chris Gayle-inspired Windies??overcame England by six wickets, while Sri Lanka triumphed by the same margin against Group 1 outsiders Afghanistan.
Despite the disappointment of 2014, Sammy was quick to quell any talk of a revenge mission.
"I wouldn't say it is revenge. If this match was the final then we could think on those lines but it is a group game," he said.
"We respect them a lot and we have had great games between us. I hope it is a good game tomorrow. We want to keep winning. We want to execute our plans. You saw it against England."
HOW WILL SRI LANKA WEATHER THE GAYLE STORM?
The big Jamaican was at his brutal best against England, racing to a century from just 47 balls as West Indies made light work of chasing down 183 for victory. Gayle smashed five fours and an incredible 11 maximums during his blitz, but if Sri Lanka can remove him before he gets into his stride they will strike a huge blow. Gayle will, however, enjoy the comfort of familiar surroundings as he arrives at the??home of his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
WILL THE MISSING MALINGA PROVE A FACTOR?
So often Sri Lanka's spearhead in limited-overs cricket down the years, Lasith Malinga??was ruled out of the remainder of this tournament earlier this week with a knee injury. They coped without him in seeing off Afghanistan, but this West Indies side are an altogether different proposition and Malinga's??death bowling, changes of pace and all-round experience are difficult to replace. With Malinga sent home to rest, Sri Lanka called up leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay on Saturday.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The victors will be in a strong position to qualify for??the semi-finals, with two wins from two. The losers will remain level with England on two points in Group 1, a tally which South Africa will be expected to match when they take on Afghanistan in Sunday's early??fixture. With three sides likely to be on two points after two matches apiece, whoever prevails in this clash will give their last-four chances a major boost.
KEY OPTA STATS
-??Sri Lanka have won six of their previous eight T20I meetings with West Indies, with seven of the eight matches being won by the side setting the target and batting first.
-??Sri Lanka have won their last four World Twenty20 matches, only once before have they won five or more on the trot (six??games - 2009).
-??Tillakaratne Dilshan has hit more boundary fours (217) than any other player in T20I history, Chris Gayle meanwhile has hit the most sixes (98).
-??Nuwan Kulasekara has bowled more maiden overs (6) in T20I history than any other bowler, none of these have come against West Indies though.