The tri series in Caribbean got off to a fascinating start as the hosts outclassed South Africa at Guyana. On a sluggish pitch, the West Indian spinners came to the party to dent the South African batting. Owing to the slow and low pitch, the Proteas were strangled by the ever lethal Sunil Narine, as the spinner wrecked havoc on the visitors.
Narine was brilliant as he wiped off the South African tail with utter ease. The spinner ended up with career best figures of 6-27 as he spun a web around the South African batsmen. Narine was named the Man of the Match for his efforts, and said that he was quite happy to be among the wickets.
“It’s good to get the West Indies colors on and get the wickets. Feels really nice to be among wickets. I don’t think there is a secret to my bowling,” said Narine. “Just back your strengths and give your 100 percent. It’s always frustrating watching cricket from the sidelines but you need to train hard and always focus on coming back strong. I can say I have remodeled my action around 70-80 percent. They both are class teams and we have to bring out our best in the remaining games.”
West Indies skipper Jason Holder was ecstatic with the win as he praised his unit. “It’s a very good win and it’s always nice to start the tournament off with a win. I thought they started well with the bat but we did well to pull things back towards the end. Kieron just played a brilliant innings, it was pleasing to see the way guys are composed.
The batters could have done it a little bit easier, should have rotated the strike more often I reckon,” Holder said. “These two teams are top-class teams and you can never consider them lightly. Pollard played his game, backed himself and that’s his game. Showed how good a batsman he is.”