Sammy pleased with back-to-back wins
Georgetown, Guyana, CMC – Darren Sammy hailed West Indies for rebounding to win the last two One-day International against Pakistan.
The West Indies captain was speaking after his side comprehensively crushed the Pakistanis by 10 wickets in the final ODI on Thursday the Guyana National Stadium.
“It’s a good feeling to have won again, but it’s been well-played in the last two games for the boys,” he said. “We played as a team, and got the result we wanted. This was the type of performance for which we have been searching for a very long time. It showed the good work that we have been doing at practices has finally transferred to the game, and it was good to see everybody taking part, and it was a total team effort.”
Sammy felt it was a mere coincidence that his side’s two victories came when they had the luxury of chasing in the last two matches. West Indies batted first and were restricted to modest totals of 220, 221, and 172 in the first three ODIs.
”The way we have chased down totals in the last two games, I guess it may be fair to say that our guys are more comfortable doing this. But throughout the series, we created several opportunities to win, but we did not put enough runs on the board.”
He added: “Simmons has been great all throughout, and again, he demonstrated his ability with the bat. His shot-selection was superb, and he formed a very good partnership with Kirk, who also played well. It is good to see we are getting performances like these. The players are growing and the self-belief is there.”
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said it was a disappointing end to the series for us because it was not a pitch on which his side should have been dismissed for 139.
“Our batting has been struggling for a long time, and I think we need someone to help us with situations like this. We all wanted to bat on this pitch and that is why the management and I decided to bat, but we did not play well.
“The thing that I always keep stressing – building partnerships – we did not do. We did not build any partnerships and this is what was missing. The series victory is important for us though. We are not playing any cricket at home, so winning this series away from home is very important and will keep the morale high, and I think for the future it will be good for us.”