Caribbean skipper Darren Sammy has assured his side that situation did not cut through the alarming stage and there was no such cause to be panicky as they got defeated to Indian team in the starting match of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. The West Indies captain thinks that they batted in a quite savourless manner on Sunday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium that resulted them in an unsatisfactory seven-wicket defeat in the hand of India and they got jabbered in the first draw to defend their championship.
Only Chris Gayle could imprint a large score and that was 34 off 33 balls, while Lendl Simmons hit 27 following Gayle. The Indian spinners reduced them to 129 for seven in 20 overs. In the reply, Indian batsmen chased the target beautifully along with the half centuries of two openers, Rohit Sharma (62 NO) and Virat Kohli (54) and that helped the Men in Blue to reach the mandatory object.
“We just couldn’t counter their spinners properly and India won the Round one. Nevertheless, I think that we will meet again presently, and then we are looking frontward to it. In reality, they apply the condition very well and we did not bat well and we could score just 130.” Sammy said to NDTV. “We will take heart from that, only we never kicked off in the innings. Simmons played some good blows in the late overs, but aside from that we never truly found those big overs we required…We didn’t get that big moment and we were perpetually behind the eight-ball.”
“There is no need to panic right at once. In that respect are three more matches in the first round has gone forth in the contest against Bangladesh, Australia and Pakistan. We will pull in a good comeback and get ourselves to win all the three games and go to the semi-finals. We are here in the competition to fight down the title and we will make our best.”
West Indies beat England and Sri Lanka in the past two warm-up matches, but their batsmen had been hobbled by the new ball seam duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. R Jadeja (3-48) and Man-of-the-Match leg spinner Amit Mishra (2-18) has put up the ‘blow of mercy’ to them and reduced them to 129.
Windies started well by returning the opener Shikhar Dhawan to the pavilion at no run in the first over, but other bowlers failed to maintain the form despite of huge effort.
“I know, we didn’t bowl up to the level we used to practice in the past few matches. We attempt to determine from our mistakes definitely and try to learn the game as vivid as possible into the final overs.” Sammy simply opined.
“Net run-rate normally comes into play in these tournaments. They are getting the runs with two balls to spare, it is a plus for us. In the next match we have to bring our A game against the home position. We nevertheless think we will be a force in this tournament so we will aim to come back hard against the Bangladeshis.” He signed off.
West Indies will take on Bangladesh in their next game on Tuesday at the same locus.