Windies still have belief
Bridgetown, Barbados – West Indies will continue to fight to stay in the game as they approach the fifth and final day of the Second Digicel Test match against India at Kensington Oval on Saturday
Both Head Coach Ottis Gibson and skipper Darren Sammy have back the team to earn a positive result. India, who lead the three-match series 1-0, are ahead by 240 runs with seven second innings wickets in hand. They are expected to set the Windies a winning target on what could be an exciting final day.
Gibson said: “They’re 1-0 up and maybe they believe they don’t have to chase the game. We’re 1-0 down so we have to look to be very positive. We are hopeful we can bowl them out. The plan that the captain employed, assessing his bowler, was right. We’re behind but we have the chance to take the new ball in the morning.
He added: “To not let them get away too far from us, tells us we can take some time out of the game. By not letting them get too far ahead, I thought the captain did another fantastic job on the field for us. We are still in a situation where is they can give us a target we can chase, would make for a very interesting last day’s play. If there is a chase maybe that will be the things to spur our batsmen to play the way we know they can play.”
So far for the Windies, Fidel Edwards has two wickets and the other has gone to Ravi Rampaul. Edwards bowled with fire in the middle session, while the other bowlers managed to restrict the scoring rate.
“We must now lose this game. We must continue to fight and limit the rate at which the Indians score. We can take the new ball early on the morning and that is one option we can look at,” Sammy said after Friday’s play. “A win would be great and we would go to Dominica [for the last Test] level. But if we can’t win we have to fight to earn a draw so we would still have all to play for next week.”