West Indies looking for win over Indians
JOHANNESBURG, Sout Africa -- West Indian captain Floyd Reifer says his team will be looking for a victory when they face India in their final Group A match in the ICC Champions Trophy at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday night. First ball is 2.30 pm (8.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/7.30 am Jamaica Time).
The West Indies lost their opening two matches and are unable to make the semi-finals, but the captain said his players will be maintaining the same intensity and determination they showed against Pakistan and Australia.
“In one-day cricket the team that plays better on the day has a good chance of winning. India have a good side, they have a lot of stars, they play a lot of one-day cricket but we’re going to approach the game the same way we approached the first two,” Reifer said after Tuesday’s training session.
“We can take a lot of positives from the tournament. Some of our guys bowled well, some of our guys batted well, and we have been very good in the field. As a team I think we played pretty good cricket.”
One of the players who has done well during the tournament is left-arm spinner Nikita Miller. He made a brave 51 in the low-scoring match against Pakistan and took 2-24 from 10 overs, including the key wicket of Ricky Ponting, to restrict Australia’s batting in the middle overs.
“I have enjoyed my time at the tournament. The ball was coming out really well against Australia and I decided to stick to what I was trying in the nets. I was pleased with Ponting’s wicket … one of the highlights of my career. I really enjoyed batting against Pakistan. The coach David Williams, and my coach in Jamaica [Junior Bennett] always told me I have the ability so I decided to buckle down for the team,” Miller said.
“I will be looking to continue the good work when we play against India. They have a good batting line-up and it will be a big challenge ahead, but a challenge I will be up to.”