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Sammy: Windies must step up game

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Sammy: Windies must step up game

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KINGSTOWN – The opponents?are not extraordinary but the West Indies batsmen must be more responsible in their approach.
That is the candid assessment of West Indies captain Darren Sammy as the regional cricketers seek to even the five-match Digicel One-Day International Series against Australia in the second ODI?at Arnos Vale here today.
“We played irresponsibly,” an understandably low-keyed Sammy told reporters after his side’s shocking batting collapse in Friday’s opening match.
“We lost a few early wickets and then we had a partnership but then once that partnership was broken, we just lost our way in the middle.
“It is something we really have to work on and work on it very fast because come Sunday [today], we have to do battle again,” Sammy said.
Chasing a moderate 205 for victory, West Indies were well poised at one stage at 97 for three but lost six wickets for seven runs in the space of 28 balls to crash to 140 all out.
“We’ve seen what the Australians have, nothing extraordinary but we just have to go out there and be more responsible in our approach,” charged Sammy.
“I think we bowled well to restrict them to 200 but we didn’t complete the second half of the innings. We lost a game we should have won.”
The Windies bowled superbly on a tricky pitch to limit the Australians, with medium pacer Dwayne Bravo taking three for 58, complemented by off-spinner Marlon Samuels (2-29) and pacer Kemar Roach (2-33).
Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine bowled with great control and variation to claim one for 24 from ten overs, a spell that put the brakes on the Aussies’ scoring.
In the hosts’ turn at the wicket, however, Samuels stroked 35 in a 64-run fourth wicket stand with Bravo (32) but once both departed in the space of four balls, the innings went into terminal decline.
“I think we bowled our hearts out and fielded very well and [after] the first half of the match, we were quite happy chasing 205. We lost it there with the bat but like I said, we’ve got to bounce back Sunday,” said Sammy, whose whirlwind 20-ball 35 at the end was in vain.
“We know St Vincent. We know how the pitch plays so we just have to go out there and be more responsible.” (CMC/EZS)