Sammy looks at positives after defeat
Delhi, India – West Indies captain Darren Sammy is not looking for any excuses after Thursday night’s defeat against South Africa in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 opener against South Africa. The skipper outlined that they did not bat as well as they could have and missed a few half-chances that could have changed the match at the Feroz Shah Kotla. West Indies were bowled out for 222 in the 48th over, with Darren Bravo topscoring with a polished 73 on his World Cup debut. When the Proteas batted A.B de Villiers hit a stroke-filled unbeaten century to earn the Man-of-the-Match award as his side won by seven wickets. “We were looking good for 270 plus, but threw away the initiative. We created opportunities but didn’t captialise on them. After 41 overs, we were 200 plus but lost quick wickets to fold up. Today, several of our frontline players couldn’t contribute much for different reasons,” Sammy told reporters after the match. “I couldn’t score, Pollard didn’t get any runs and Dwayne Bravo unfortunately got run out. Yet, we managed to raise 222. All we need now is to play consistently and capitalise on advantages.” He added: “De Villiers batted like how a senior batsman should and brought South Africa home. We created opportunities but didn’t captialise on them. The biggest positive was Darren Bravo’s batting. It was a good innings. He has scored a few fifties... I hope he will convert these innings into hundreds, which I'm sure he will do before the end of this World Cup. He also played really well in our series against Sri Lanka and we expect big things from him. He is focussed and enjoying his game."