Windes aim to tame buoyant Sri Lanka

MUMBAI, India – Merissa Aguillera said West Indies Women are fully aware of what will be required for them to land a crucial victory in their second match of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 against Sri Lanka Women on Sunday at the Middle Income Group Ground here.

The Windies Women’s captain said her side were prepared to brush off their demoralising 105-run defeat in the opening match against India Women and revive their chances with a victory over a team they have dominated in the recent past.

“We are ready and everybody is in high spirits, looking forward to this match,” said Aguilleira. “We fully appreciate the position in which are now, so we really have to perform at our best.

“I think our batting has been faltering a bit, but I believe we can turn things around if we put our heads down and do what we have to do. Everybody is pumped, so we are looking to execute.”

The Caribbean side have won eight of their last 13 ODIs against the Sri Lankans, cock-a-hoop following a stunning one-wicket victory over reigning WWC champions England off the last ball in their tournament opener.

Aguilleira said her side was not fazed by the newly-found Sri Lankan confidence and will be looking to put their game right to enhance their claims for a place in the next round.

“We cannot underestimate them right now,” she said. “They are on a high, but we have had the better of them in the past and we have a strong belief in ourselves as a team that we can do it.

“We are going into this match with a positive frame of mind because we know where we stand and to move forward we have to do what we have to do as a team.”

Aguilleira said good batting will be the key for her side, but she, like coach Sherwin Campbell, identified their weak performance in the field for their defeat in the first match.

“We were very inconsistent with our bowling and we were not as sharp in the field as we are typically,” she said.

“Though they scored over 200 runs, I know we have the capacity to score it, but it was probably inconsistency and a lack of application.”

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