Aguilleira: We want Series win

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – West Indies women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira says her side will be going for the series win when they face India in the fourth Twenty20 International on Thursday.

Aguilleira helped West Indies take a precious 2-1 lead in the five-match series on Wednesday when she scored a mature unbeaten 39 to help the hosts complete a four-wicket win at Windsor Park.

“We have a chance to wrap up the series with a win tomorrow and we will be going all out to do that,” the Trinidadian said.

“It will be tough, we are playing against a higher ranked team and they are very competitive, but we are also a good team and we believe we can do it tomorrow.

“We are aiming to win this (T20 Series) and also the other one (One-Day Internationals). We know we can do it.”

Aguilleira arrived at the crease with West Indies in trouble at 10 for three, in pursuit of 84 for victory, and promptly anchored two partnerships to see her side home.

She added 29 with Deandra Dottin (16) and then put on a further 34 for the fourth wicket with Stacey-Ann King who got 15.

Needing six runs off the last over, the Windies got home with two balls to spare with Aguilleira spearheading the effort.

“It is always good to lead from the front. Today we lost some early wickets but we still had plenty time in the game when I went in,” she explained.

“I am not a power-hitter so I was able to settle in and work the ball into the gaps and build an innings. That was ideal for me … yes, there was the pressure of losing wickets, but time was on my side and I was happy with the way I stayed there and guided the team to victory.”

Aguilleira’s heroics came at a price as she struggled with her hamstring throughout the innings. However, she said she would be fit for Thursday’s encounter.

“I had to fight really hard today. I had to be brave. I had to fight the pain. My hamstring gave me some problems but we will have that fixed and I will be ready for tomorrow’s match,” she explained.

“I am well pleased that I was able to stay at the crease and do the job for the team. For me it is always all about the team. We were in a hole and as captain I knew I had to stand there and bat to the end.”

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 19:56