Entire team did well against NZ: Aguilleira
After the lower-order batters helped the West Indies set a competitive target, despite losing wickets early on, their bowlers did well to register a 48-run win over New Zealand in their 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup Super Six match.
Addressing the media after winning the high-pressure game, WI captain Merissa Aguilleira said, “I must say it was a great match. It was good game of cricket. I must really give it up for my team; we executed well in all areas. I must compliment them.”
It was a team effort that finally won WI the match. After all, there was little to choose between the two teams as they went neck and neck even as the match entered the last ten overs. Appreciating her team, the WI skipper said, “I must say it is really pleasing to see that some of the players stepped up. I must give credit to Anisa Mohammed; she went there and executed with the bat and ball. When she went in there, she knew that we had a target and she just went over there and did exactly what the team required her to do at that time.”
Defending 207, she had faith in her bowling attack to make a match out of it. When asked if the wicket became better for the spinners in the second innings, she replied, “We believed that once we had 200 runs on the board, we can defend it as a team because of the bowling attack, which we have. We have spinners Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed, Shanel Daley and [pacer] Tremayne Smartt who really set the tone in the innings for us. We knew that once we had a good score on the board, we could defend it; and that’s what we did.”
Speaking about spinner Anisa Mohammed, who made an impact with both bat and ball, she said, “I am from Trinidad and I have seen her a lot and know her game. We believe that she can clear the fence and she came up and did that today [Monday]. I think she lived up to the expectations from the team.”