We stuck to it till the end: Sammy
Ahmedabad, Dec 5: West Indies beat India by 16 runs at the Sardar Patel Stadium here in Motera to register their first win of the tour and keep their chances alive in the five-match ODI series. Ravi Rampaul’s four-for, and Andre Russell and Darren Sammy’s efforts earlier with the bat, helped the visitors pull off a well-deserved win against the hosts.
Excerpts from West Indies skipper Sammy’s brief chat with the media:
On being happy with the win
[..] It was a good fight-back from the boys. We needed to win to stay alive in the series. The way we batted till the end [was admirable]. And [later] Ravi [Rampaul] [contributed] with the spell; Kemar [Roach], Marlon [Samuels] continued to bowl well; and debutant [Sunil] Narine too – it was a team effort. We stuck to it. [Rohit] Sharma again tried to take it away from us but we stuck to it till the end and we won.
On his batting blitzkrieg with Andre Russell that tilted things in favour of WI
I said at the toss that anything [around] 260 [would be good]. That’s what the team has always asked for – to have [Kieron] Pollard, myself and Russell [to score runs] in the last ten overs and today it worked out well for us. But we still had to go out there and defend those runs and Ravi started us off [with two early wickets] which was brilliant.
On Sunil Narine executing his job well
Yes, if you look at his team in CLT20, he has done exactly that for Trinidad [& Tobago]. He’s [been] bowling in pressure situations for Trinidad throughout his career and [this] is just another level but it is same ball and same pitch. He did well. I just hope that he continues.
On the venue being good for the West Indies
Yes, it shows that the statistics don’t really lie. So far this is our favourite ground in India; we have won five games here. The series is still alive [and] we’ll just look to continue getting closer and getting over the line.