Narine, West Indies Boosted By Warm-Up Victory

Sunil Narine signs autographs ahead of the Champions Trophy
Narine, West Indies Boosted By Warm-Up Victory
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West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has recently become the number one-ranked One-Day International bowler according to the ICC rankings and he showed exactly why when taking two for 26 during his side's 17-run win over Sri Lanka in their final warm-up game ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

It was a confidence boost for the 2004 champions after they had been well beaten at the weekend by Australia and has given Narine a lift ahead of their opening game against Pakistan on Friday.

"Being able to have a good performance in this game has given me the confidence going into the first game on Friday," he confirmed.

"Hopefully I can continue with this good form I am having. Today I tried to assess the pitch as soon as possible and once I realised it was giving me assistance, I decided to make the most of it. I tried my variations and I tried to go at them as hard as I could."

Narine's control allowed captain Dwayne Bravo to trust him in the closing overs of the match when Sri Lanka were launching a late charge for victory, and he delivered by keeping the runs tight, having earlier dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews.

"I think (Dwayne) Bravo did a good job of captaining the team - he knew when to attack and when to hold back. It was a good learning experience for both of us. Bravo wanted me to keep it tight at the end in my final two overs and when I came back at the end I just looked to do that. I just tried to be patient.

"It feels much better for me this year than when I was here last year. I am getting some purchase off the wicket and I’m hoping to help the West Indies to some more victories in this tournament. The wickets last year didn’t offer much turn but this year I am getting a bit more turn, they suit me a bit more and I’m trying to make the most of it," he added.

Narine's breakthrough into international cricket has seen him take 47 wickets in 28 matches at an average of 21.68 and an economy rate of 3.87, but he doesn't want to dwell on his personal success.

"Whatever success you get you just look to enjoy it. I never set out to be Number 1 in the rankings, but I will look to maintain my position and do well for the team all the time," he added.

© Cricket World 2013

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CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners

1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies
2006: Australia
2009: Australia