Windies plan to "keep fighting"
ROSEAU, Dominica — The West Indies will need a collective team effort to get anything out of the third Digicel Test match. With two days left in what is a gripping, hard-fought contest, Australia are on 200-6 in the second innings — an overall lead of 310.
All during the series the West Indies have demonstrated their fighting qualities and allrounder Narsingh Deonarine believes they will “keep up the fight”. He has so far taken 2-28 off 10 overs with his off-spin to prevent the Australians from running getting too far ahead. He said the keep will be to “clean up the Australian tail”. Off-spinner Shane Shillingford has 2-69 and so far taken eight wickets in the match, while pacer Kemar Roach has also taken two wickets.
“First we have to get the four wickets as quickly as possible and then just go for it. About 350 would be nice as a target to chase. They (tail) have played well in the series so far but we have to try and clean up the tail,” Deonarine said.
“They have over 300 runs on but we still believe we can do it. Whatever Australia put on the board we have to go there and look to get it. The first thing is to try and get those four wickets for as low as possible tomorrow morning and when the time comes to bat you’re just going to have to fight very hard because the pitch is not conducive to strokeplay as we have seen. Everybody will have to dig in there.”
Deonarine bowled well in the recent Regional 4 Day tournament, where he took a career-best seven-wicket haul against Barbados. He said that form has carried over into the ongoing international series.
“I’ve been bowling well in the first class season so coming into the Test series I’ve been bowling pretty well too. I enjoy my bowling and whenever the skipper calls on me to do a job I look to do it to the best of my ability. I just look to do my thing,” he said. “The pitch is taking spin and it is bouncing a lot as well.”
Earlier, in the day veteran left-hander Shiv Chandepaul made a patient 68 from 164 balls as the last two wickets put together 98 runs. He was well supported by Ravi Rampaul who played some attacking strokes in 31 off 50 balls. Last manKemar Roach batted defiantly for over 90 minutes and added 32 with Chanderpaul for the last wicket.