WI seeking winning formula
Visakhapatnam, India -- West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has said his team needs to find a way to beat India, after playing brilliantly in patches only to give it all up when it mattered.
“Yeah, we keep getting close but we need to find a way to win. We took India all the way down to the wire defending a small total at Cuttack.
“The guys have taken a lot of confidence from that performance. We had our moments and now we just need to put our head down and focus on the basics,” Sammy said ahead of the second ODI, to be played here on Friday.
In the first match, the West Indies took their modest 211-9 to the extreme and had India floundering at 59-5 before allowing it a one-wicket win. The result, Sammy said, was a bit heart-breaking but it had to be considered in the light of India's rampaging form at home.
“We're playing one of the best teams in the world, one which has won its last 10 home ODIs. We have our task cut out and we'll have to come up with the goods, mentally and tactically. A win may be around the corner, who knows it may happen tomorrow,” said the all-rounder.
Sammy refused to read too much in the YS Rajashekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium pitch, which is acknowledged to be an out and out belter.
“This looks like a good wicket. Even the pitch at Cuttack looked like a belter, but it sure didn't turn out to be that way. We just need to concentrate on our game and everything else will take care of itself,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, whose 99-ball 72 set India on the right path, said he was experiencing mixed feelings following the thrilling win in the first game and was looking forward to batting on the pitch here.
“It felt good but it was a little disappointing because I could not finish the game. Leaving the last pair to get the winning runs is something we don't want to do again. But the pitch here has always been a belter. The last time we chased down 289 against Australia with five wickets in hand. It will be nice batting here.”
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Anthony Martin, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell and Ravi Rampaul.
India: Virender Sehwag (captain), Parthiv Patel (wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Abhimanyu Mithun and Rahul Sharma.
Umpires: Tony Hill, S. Ravi
Third Umpire: Sudhir Asnani
Fourth Umpire: Anil Chowdhury
ICC Match Referee: David Boon.