Sammy promises better fight in final ODI

Colombo, Sri Lanka – West Indies captain Darren Sammy is promising his team will bounce back after Thursday’s defeat in the 2nd ERI One-Day International against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

The Windies went under by eight wickets and will need to win in Sunday’s final match to have a share in the three-match rubber. The series-opener was abandoned as a no result at the halfway stage due to rain.

“We lost the second match but we remain a confident team. We were dismissed for 203 and that was simply not enough runs on that pitch. We will go back to the drawing board and look at ways we can post a bigger total against the Sri Lanka bowlers. They bowled well but we will look at way to counter that. We got up to 245 for 5 in the first match and that was a decent score, so we know that with the right kind of application we can get big scores against their bowlers. We will bounce back on Sunday and come up with a game plan and approach. We can’t win the series so the plan is not to lose it. That would mean a victory on Sunday, so there is all to play for,” Sammy said.

“Both teams are using this series as preparation for the World Cup and we have indentified the areas we need to improve in if we are going to challenge for the World Cup. Like any other team, there are some areas where we are strong and there are some areas we need to get better at, so planning will be very important in the coming days. Overall it comes down to how we execute and we want to make sure we put in the correct amount of planning, attention to detail, and preparation to be sharp and ready when the World Cup starts.”

The 3rd and final ERI One-Day International is on Sunday. First ball is 9.30 am (12 midnight Eastern Caribbean Time/11 pm Saturday Jamaica Time).

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