The West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo wants his charges to “dig deeper” as his side takes on Bangladesh in the second match of the Dhaka Bank Cup One-Day International Series at Grenada National Stadium from 9 a.m. today.
The Windies lead the three-match series 1-0 following a fighting three-wicket win over the visitors at the same venue on Wednesday.
Despite the victory, the home team still want improvements especially from their top order batsmen.
In the first match, the Windies slipped to 34 for five in 13.1 overs before half-centuries from Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin brought them back into the match.
After the win, Bravo said “we all still need to dig deeper and not depend on the lower order to help us win matches. Our bowlers more often than not deliver for us, so it is time for the batsmen to do so as well.”
On Wednesday it was Pollard’s 89 and Ramdin’s 74 in a 145-run sixth wicket stand that got them close after the West Indies bowlers restricted Bangladesh to 217 for nine.
Pollard is also looking for improvement after both himself and Ramdin both fell before the West Indies reached their target.
“We were the last two recognised batsman and in terms of our batting line-up. We spoke about our batters taking on responsibility and that’s one to seven so for us, we knew it would be crucial if we got out so we tried to play each ball on its merit, play within our zones and our limitations and try to counterattack,” said Pollard.
“We were disappointed we could not carry it right down to the wire but I think it is something we need to work on and consistently finish games,” he added.
If they can finish off the visitors, the Windies will seal the series. Bangladesh will also be looking for a better batting performance as they try to snap a losing streak which now stands at 11 games.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said their batsmen “did not play their best innings.”
“Anamul (Haque) batted well but there was no one supporting him,” he added.
“Our bowlers did a great job at the front, taking those five wickets, but we were unable to keep the pressure.
“We gave away too many loose balls after that, so there were some positives to take, but we have to play our best game to win here,” the Bangladesh captain insisted.
“It is not impossible to win here, but we have to do the right things, and not only in a short space of time, but we need to do it over a longer period,” he added.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (Captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed,
Al-Amin Hossain, Mithun Ali, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman.