Narine aiming for more wickets
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - West Indies off spinner Sunil Narine, who recaptured his best form with a four wicket haul against Pakistan on Tuesday, is aiming to extend his wicket taking momentum to the third ODI which bowls off in St. Lucia on Friday.
Narine took four wickets for 26 runs off his 10 overs to floor the visitors and give the home side a crucial victory by 37 runs at the Guyana National Stadium.
The 25-year-old spinner says he is unfazed by the pitch at the Beausejour Playing Field which is expected to play differently from the one at Providence where his exploits earned him man of the match.
“We are now level and back in the series and we will look to move to St Lucia and win there as well,” said Narine.
“The pitch there will be a bit different to what we have here in Guyana, but I believe I have the ability to bowl well there and get some more wickets”.
Narine went wicketless off three overs when the West Indies lost the opening ODI on Sunday, but he proved unstoppable on Tuesday as Pakistan were bowled out for 195 off 47.5 overs in reply to West Indies’ 232-8 off their 50 overs.
“I just had to give it my all. I bowled a little quicker because, on this pitch, some balls were staying low and some were bouncing,” said Narine, who was voted ICC Emerging Player-of-the-Year last year and is presently Number 1 in the ICC ODI and T20 bowling rankings.
“It was not an easy pitch for the batsmen to come after you and play their shot. Today is was similar to what we saw on Sunday.”
The two teams were due to travel to St Lucia on Wednesday for the remaining three ODI matches at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.