While West Indies’ assistant coach Stuart Williams applauded his players for their victory over Australia in their ICC World T20 match on Friday, he said the Pakistan encounter is a crucial match to determine if the Windies move forward.
“Pakistan is an unpredictable team, but they are still in the competition so we have to go and approach the Pakistan team like if it is the final. That game is going to be basically who wins goes through, so one game at a time. We’re gonna enjoy this victory and we have a couple of days to practice and plan for Pakistan,” said Williams about the all-important final preliminary match tomorrow against Pakistan at Sher-e-Bangla.
In a thrilling contest against Australia, the Windies battled to reach 179 for four off 19.4 overs – their highest chase in a T20 International in reply to Australia’s 178-8 – to win by six wickets with two balls to spare.
“What is pleasing to see is the consistency. If you look from the England series (in the Caribbean), from the 20/20s we are consistently making 160-plus... We chased today (Friday) the biggest total to finish the job and coming back from the two games against Bangladesh and India. The death bowling against us, as a batting team, it shows us that if we make a little slight adjustment, we can win and it shows today that (Darren) Sammy can finish off the innings,” Williams said.
He added that Friday’s triumph was a total team effort and that skipper Sammy’s ability at the end of the innings is under-rated.
“A lot of people talk about (Kieron) Pollard and he (Sammy) is not even our main finisher in T20 cricket here and even around the world. I think the key to Sammy is staying calm. I think he is a very calm and sensible player, so he works out his options and the adjustments he made in terms of where the opposition wanted to bowl, I think he did it well and executed the job.”
Williams said he gets along well with the team and the players show him the utmost respect, which “makes my job a lot easier”.
“I am close to the guys and I have no probelm with them. They are working real hard. It’s some tough conditions but it’s all good when you have results like these,” Williams concluded.
World Twenty20 standings
World Twenty20 Super 10 group standings yesterday:
GROUP ONE P W L T NR Pts Run rate
* South Africa 4 3 1 0 0 6 +0.07
Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0 0 4 +2.20
New Zealand 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.36
England 3 1 2 0 0 2 -0.10
Netherlands 3 0 3 0 0 0 -2.18
* India 4 4 0 0 0 8 +1.28
West Indies 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.22
Pakistan 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.89
Australia 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.55
Bangladesh 3 0 3 0 0 0 -2.31
* Denotes qualified for semi-finals
Top two teams in each group advance to the semi-finals.