Windies heads held high after Delhi defeat

Delhi, India — West Indies captain Darren Sammy said the players are still in good spirits as they look ahead to the second Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

The skipper acknowledged there was a “missed opportunity” in the first Test to record a victory over a higher ranked Test nation away from home when they were undone by the Indian bowling attack in the second innings.

Sammy however left the Feroz Shah Kotla buoyed by the fact that his team made the Indians work hard throughout the four days of play. On the second day, the Windies bowled out the home side for 209 to earn a first innings lead of 95. The visitors were however dismissed for 180 in the second innings leaving India a gettable target, which they achieved after lunch on the fourth day.

“We played some good cricket though we could have batted better in second innings. Had we scored 250-plus in the second innings, India would have had to chase around 350 and the game would have been different. We were ahead for a portion of the match and we should have maintained that advantage. In many ways we see this as an opportunity missed, as we let India back into the match and they took it away from us,” Sammy said.

The West Indies bowlers again did well with Sammy taking five wickets in the match; Fidel Edwards troubled the batsmen with his pace and got reverse swing; Devendra Bishoo caused problems with his variations; while Ravi Rampaul made the batsmen fight for their runs.

The 37-year-old Shivnarine Chanderpaul, in his 136th Test match, stood out with the bat making 118 off 196 balls in the first innings – his 24th Test century and 47 off 58 deliveries in the second innings.

“When you play against a top team, you want to create the opportunity to win. We did that in the first innings, but did not bat well in the second innings. The pitch played much better on the third and fourth days. We want improvement, and when we create opportunities we have to cash in. We still believe we can win matches here.”

Sammy added: “We lost 15 wickets for 220-odd runs (last five in first innings and all 10 in second innings). We need to find a way to score against spin. Attacking against the spinners could be an option like Shiv showed in both innings. When the spinners operate, we kind of went into a shell. We could have been more positive without being reckless. That is something we can look at for the second Test. We will have a few days in the nets and look to get it right.”

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 17:04