Defending champions West Indies stumbled in their opening match of the ICC World T20 because they failed to deal properly with the Indian bowling attack.
This was how skipper Darren Sammy assessed the seven-wicket loss at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium yesterday.
The Windies got off to a slow start with the bat and eventually mustered just 129 for seven off their 20 overs.
“We just didn’t respond well enough to their spinners—round one goes to India. I have a strong feeling that we will meet again, so we are looking forward to that. They used the conditions quite well. It’s a fact that we just didn’t bat well. We didn’t bat well and we still got to 130,” Sammy said.
In the pre-match build-up Indian batsman Suresh Raina had claimed that the West Indies batsmen “don’t have an idea about how to rotate the strike against spinners.”
But after yesterday’s loss, Sammy said his players, “will take heart” from the fact that they managed 130, “but we never kicked off in the innings. Simmons played some good blows in the late overs but apart from that we never really got those big overs we required...we didn’t get that big moment and we were always behind the eight-ball.”
He said further: “It is no need for us to panic. We have three more first round games to go in the tournament against Bangladesh, Australia and Pakistan and we back ourselves to win all three and reach the semi-finals. We are here to defend our title and we will give our all.”
Sammy added: “In the bowling department, though we didn’t bowl as well as we could, we took it down to the end. We tried to take it down to as late as possible—to try and take the game as deep as possible into the last overs. Net run-rate normally comes into play in these tournaments. They getting the runs with two balls to spare, it is a plus for us.
“In the next match we have to bring our A game against the home side. We still believe we will be a force in this tournament so we will aim to come back hard against the Bangladeshis.”
West Indies will have a full training session today at the Dhaka nets. Tomorrow’s match against Bangladesh will start at 9.30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time.
West Indies vs India
WEST INDIES INNS
D Smith c & b Ashwin 11
C Gayle run out 34
M Samuels st Dhoni b Mishra 18
L Simmons c Dhawan b Jadeja 27
DJ Bravo lbw b Mishra 0
D Sammy c Sharma b Jadeja 11
A Russell c Kohli b Jadeja 7
S Narine not out 7
D Ramdin not out 0
Extras: (LB1, W12, NB1) 14
TOTAL: (for seven wickets; 20 overs) 129
Did not bat: S Badree, K Santokie.
Wickets at: 38 (Smith), 62 (Gayle), 74 (Samuels), 74 (Bravo), 97 (Sammy), 108 (Russell), 121 (Simmons)
Bowling: Kumar 3-0-3-0, Mohammed Shami 3-0-27-0, Ashwin 4-0-24-1, Mishra 4-0-18-2, Raina 2-0-8-0, Jadeja 4-0-48-3.
R Sharma not out 62
S Dhawan lbw b Badree 0
V Kohli b Russell 54
Y Singh c Gayle b Samuels 10
S Raina not out 1
Extras (W2, NB1) 3
TOTAL (for three wickets, 19.4 overs) 130
Did not bat: MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, R Jadeja,
A Mishra, B Kumar, M Shami.
Wickets at: 1 (Dhawan), 107 (Kohli), 129 (Singh)
Bowling: Badree 4-0-28-1, Santokie 4-0-27-0, Narine 4-0-20-0, Bravo 1-0-12-0, Sammy 1-0-9-0, Samuels 3.4-0-22-1, Russell 2-0-12-1.
Result: India won by seven wickets.
Points: India 2, West Indies 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Amit Mishra.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Illingworth