Narine provides magic spell as WI win
Basseterre, St Kitts — Sunil Narine again proved too much for New Zealand to handle as he bowled West Indies to a sensational victory on Saturday.
Narine was top-class and took two wickets for just 20 off his full quota of 10 overs, as the Windies won the fourth Digicel ODI by 24 runs. The home side celebrated the win and took the Digicel ODI Series 3-1, with one match left.
Narine̵ 7;s heroics with the ball earned him the Digicel Man-of-the-Match award as he combined with Tino Best (4-46) to bowl out the visitors for 240. Together they topped a superb century by New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor, who made 110 on his return from injury. As fans and team-mates celebrated, the soft-spoken Narine took the plaudits in stride and simply indicated: “I was doing it for the team.”
“It was the big game of the series and I knew I just had to do the job for the team again. We wanted to win on Wednesday and seal the series, but we ended on the wrong end, so it was very important that we rebounded today and finish off the job,” Narine said.
“Norm ally, when I go onto the field I look at the scoreboard and see what is required of me. Sometimes it requires me to be attacking, other times I just have to keep the pressure on. Today I tried to keep my composure and build the pressure. We got wickets at key stages and the pressure mounted on them.
“Ther e was a great deal of effort today. We had to dig deep to come up with this win, and that made it feel that much better. To win a series at home is special. The batsmen played really well after we found ourselves in some trouble and that gave us something to bowl at. Tino kept running in and I knew my job was to remain accurate and build the pressure on the batsmen.”
Narine came into the attack in the first PowerPlay and his first spell went for just seven runs as the West Indies took control. His first wicket was Kane Williamson, who bowed to the mounting pressure and was leg-before swinging across the line. Late in the innings, Narine returned and forced Doug Bracewell into a desperate big hit which found the safe hands of Keiron Pollard at long off.
“We beat them in the T20 matches in Florida and everyone in the dressing room is very happy that we beat them again in the One-Day Series. We don’t want to stop here. We want to come back on Monday and look for another victory. Everyone knows that 4-1 would look a lot better than 3-2, so we will be going for that.”
So far in the Digicel ODI Series Narine has captured eight wickets in four matches at an average of 14.87 runs per wicket, and an economy rate of just 2.97 runs per over.
Saturday 217;s result meant West Indies took an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match Digicel Series, which concludes on Monday at Warner Park. It was their first ODI series victory over a Test-playing side other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in three years. West Indies last recorded an ODI series win in Bangladesh last November. Their last ODI series win at home was against Zimbabwe in March, 2010.
DIGICEL 2012 SERIES - New Zealand to West Indies
Digicel One-Day International Series (All times local)
July 5: 1st Digicel ODI – West Indies won by 9 wickets at Sabina Park, Jamaica
July 7: 2nd Digicel ODI – West Indies won by 55 runs at Sabina Park
July 11: 3rd Digicel ODI – New Zealand won by 88 runs at Warner Park, St. Kitts
July 14: 4th Digicel ODI – West Indies won by 24 runs at Warner Park
July 16: 5th Digicel ODI – Warner Park – 9:30 a.m.