Didn't capitalise on start: Sammy

Didn't capitalise on start: Sammy

“We put ourselves in a good position, but we didn't capitalise on the start in the end. We were about 30 runs short and against a good side like India, it can hamper the side. We rotated the strike better today, but we didn't get one of the top batsmen to bat through,” Sammy told reporters.

West Indies lost four wickets for a mere five runs to slide from 192 for three to 197 for seven to post a 240 for nine, a total that belied their performance up front and in the middle overs. Sammy admitted as much. “We were on the back foot in the latter part of the overs, losing wickets at regular intervals. The intent from the batsmen was good initially,” he said.

“We need one or two of our top-five batsmen to bat for longer period like Kohli did for India, and we need to do that regularly,” Sammy added.

Amit Mishra’s leg-spin had caused damage in the West Indian line-up, and Sammy once again underlined the need to play Indian spinners better to be more competitive in the series.

Though the West Indian batsmen dealt with Harbhajan Singh quite effectively on Wednesday, they floundered against Mishra, who grabbed a career-best four for 31.
“We were on course for a total in the vicinity of 270, and then it could have been a much more competitive scenario for us. But once again we could not negate the leg-spin of Amit Mishra, who has been giving us problems in this series. In contrast, the Indian batsmen played our spinners, especially Devendra Bishoo well. Hopefully, we will be able to play him better in the coming matches.” Sammy said.

However, Sammy was not ready to buy the argument that Bishoo will be under pressure against Indians in the remaining three one-dayers. “I don’t think that’s the case. Bishoo has been playing every game for us since the World Cup, and he has done very well for us in most of the matches. This match was a bit of off-day for him, and that doesn’t mean he stops being good. I am sure he has some good days ahead of him,” Sammy said.

The all-rounder also hoped that they will get to see better pitches at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium at Antigua, venue for the third and fourth one-dayers. “We had some slow and low pitches here, but the next two ODIs will be played at Antigua, and hopefully we will have better wickets there,” he noted.

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