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Windies party all night as Lanka nurse a bad hangover

india Updated: Oct 09, 2012 00:40 IST

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West Indies cricketers partied through the night on Monday after their triumph in the World Twenty20, as defeated hosts Sri Lanka cursed yet another "choke" in a final.

Chris Gayle, the West Indies' star batsman, and his teammates earned a fun-loving reputation during the tournament, and victory in the final triggered further outbreaks of the "Gangnam" dance craze that the players adopted.

"I want to know who (is) bringing me breakfast this morning? I'm still up and ready to replay the T-20 final tonight," Gayle tweeted on Monday morning, joking that he felt like "running a marathon".

The win on Sunday night in Colombo gave the West Indies their first world title since the 50-over World Cup triumph in 1979.

The victorious team -- captained by Darren Sammy -- celebrated with a high-spirited party that started in the banquet hall of the luxury Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo with a cake in the shape of the trophy.

"They were very happy. They had a lot of fun singing and dancing," a Sri Lankan official who was with the West Indies team said. "It was a private affair and no outsiders were invited or allowed in."

A hotel employee who declined to be named said the party went on until the early hours of Monday, with armed guards providing security and keeping fans away.

"I'm feeling strong, wonder which wrestler I should take in a wrestling match?" tweeted Gayle, who has 300,000 Twitter followers. He finally signed off on Monday morning, saying he had to pack.

Gayle reinforced his party-boy image earlier in the tournament when police broke up a party in his hotel as he and fellow players entertained three British female fans.

No end to misery
Some downhearted Sri Lankan players were also spotted at the Cinnamon Grand after the final as they tried to come to terms with defeat in the biggest cricket game ever held in the island nation. The local press was equally distraught over the result.

"Silence of the Lion," said the Ceylon Today while "Samuels pummels chokers," was the Daily Mirror's headline in a reference to Samuels' destructive innings.