WI Women chase 4th straight win

DHAKA, Bangladesh, CMC – West Indies Women will not be intimidated by Bangladesh’s home advantage as they go in search of their straight win in the International Cricket Council World Cup qualifiers here Sunday.

Captain Merissa Aguillera said her side was confident especially coming off the string of victories so far in the tournament and would look to dictate the game to the Bangladeshis at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

“It is a challenge playing any team on their home turf. They will obviously have home advantage but we will look to impose ourselves on them,” Aguillera said.

“We are a focussed team and I don’t think the crowd will get into our heads and distract us. Bangladesh have a good side but I believe we have what it takes to beat them.

West Indies lead Group B with six points following a series of dominant displays. They opened with a crushing 213-run victory over Ireland, trounced Pakistan by eight wickets on Thursday before bundling out Japan for a paltry 71 to win by 10 wickets a day later.

Bangladesh are second in Group B with four points and a 2-1 record, and a win on Sunday will draw them level with West Indies.

However, Aguillera said West Indies were geed up for the contest and knew what to expect in the encounter.

“We can expect the pitch to take spin based on what we have been seeing so far in the matches played there. We will look to keep steady heads when we bat. Our bowling has been good in every match so we will expect more of the same,” said the 25-year-old skipper, who will be playing her 40th One-Day International.

“The conditions are not bad at all. We are quite happy our main challenge was getting acclimatised at a short period. That was basically it but we are playing some good cricket and will look to continue.”

Aguillera said playing in sub-continent conditions was excellent preparation for her players as the World Twenty20 Championship was slated for Sri Lanka next September, with the 50-overs World Cup scheduled for India the following year.

“This is a great build-up to the World T20 next year and the World Cup the following year. These are the qualifiers for the World Cup but the atmosphere at all the grounds has been amazing,” she pointed out.

“It feels like the World Cup itself. We have played some high-intensity games and we have set high standards.

“As a team we see this is the ideal preparation for the bigger assignments. We had an excellent camp in Barbados and since we arrived here we have transferred that into the matches.

The coach (Sherwin Campbell) always preaches team work and we are enjoying every minute of it. We are happy to get the experience here in Bangladesh and get a feel of the Asian conditions.”

Sunday’s game bowls off at 9 am (11 pm Saturday Eastern Caribbean time).

Sat, 11/19/2011 - 18:43