Sammy unhappy with loss
KHULNA, BANGLADESH - Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, is disappointed after losing the first One Day International (ODI) of the five-match series against Bangladesh at Khulna but vows to make a comeback in the remaining four encounters.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a surface, which was expected to help the slow bowlers. The Caribbean men, who possess one of the finest limited-over batting line-up of the world, failed to live up to the expectations and were bowled out for merely 199 runs in the 47th over of the innings.
Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo were off to promising starts but both the left-handers failed to convert their starts into big knocks. Sunil Narine, the off-spinner, contributed with important 36 runs at the end of the innings.
Chasing a mediocre score, the home team were off to a flying start through Tamim Iqbal, who scored a 51-ball 58, with the help of eight fours and a couple of sixes. Naeem Islam also smashed a fighting half-century to help his team win the match by seven wickets.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Sammy criticised his team’s lacklustre approach with both bat and ball. However, the all-rounder praised the effort shown by the hosts in the first ODI.
“I am sure we can come back. We didn't bat as well as we can, some of the guys got starts but didn't go on. Our bowling was not as good as it could have been,” said the West Indies captain. “Credit to Bangladesh, they had a plan, they stuck to it, and they deserved to win.”
On the other side of the coin, Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh skipper, is delighted with his side’s performance and said that the whole side contributed to the team’s cause, which was not the case in the two-match Test series.
“Our quicks set the platform, the spinners backed them up. The Test there was a couple of individual performances but not combined. Today we played as a team, so I am happy. We know they will come back hard in the next match,” he added.