West Indies enter Super 8s full of confidence

LONDON, England -- West Indies will enter the Super Eight stage of the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 Tournament full of confidence when they face India at Lord’s on Friday evening.

John Dyson, the West Indies head coach, said his team was eagerly looking ahead to the match as they seek a place in the semi-finals.

“I am looking forward to tomorrow, we all are. It is an exciting phase of the tournament. Our players are ready to show they are exciting players and want to win,” Dyson said on Thursday.

In the first round the West Indies beat Australia by seven wickets and lost to Sri Lanka by 15 runs on Wednesday to finish second in Group C. In the match against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, medium-pacer Lendl Simmons was the surprise package with four wickets in three overs.

“Simmons had an excellent game against Sri Lanka and his capabilities with the ball are something we have to seriously consider. What we look for is someone who can bowl four overs at a super economy rate to put pressure on the scoring and chipping in with a few wickets as well,” Dyson added.

“Our performances have been good. The game against Australia we were excellent and even though we lost to Sri Lanka, we did enough good things to let us know the momentum is still there.”

Dyson added: “India are a good team, we know that. There is pressure on being the tournament favourites, I think they might feel that pressure. As I have said all along, everyone is capable of beating anyone on their day. If we have a great day it will be difficult for India.”

First ball is 530 pm (1230 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/1130 am Jamaica Time)