"It was a well-planned and executed victory," exulted West Indies stand-in skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan after his team's nail-biting win over world champions Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy super eight match here tonight.
Sarwan suggested that the turning point of the match came when the 101-run fifth wicket partnership between wicketkeeper-opener Adam Gilchrist and Michael Clarke, which had threatened to take the match away from the West Indies, was broken.
"We knew we had to break the Gilchrist-Clarke partnership and once that happened we knew we will win," said the Guyanese after having led the team in the absence of regular captain Brian Lara who stayed off the field due to cramps.
Sarwan said part-time spinners Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels bowled well in the mid-overs to put the brakes on the Australian willowers.
Singling out Jamaican Gayle for special mention, he said "Gayle has been in top form. It is good to see him bowl well."
Asked about the wicket at the Brabourne Stadium, that has been widely criticised by several captains, Sarwan only said "it was pretty slow".
Sarwan said the two recent wins over Australia have given his team a lot of confidence as it gears up for the coming battles.
On Lara coming down the order, he said "Lara batted at number six as Shivnaraine Chanderpaul was not there. We wanted to use Lara's experience."
On the team's next match against hosts India at Ahmedabad on October 26, he said: "We have done well against them recently. They are a very good team. And what is more important is that they are a different side at home."