Sammy Optimistic About West Indies Chances
West Indies captain Darren Sammy remains confident that his side can produce an upset victory over Test leaders India when they resume play on 131 for three chasing 326 to win the first Test in Kingston, Jamaica.
They need another 195 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series although the highest successful run chase at Sabina Park in a Test is the 212 they managed eight years ago against Sri Lanka.
Sammy says that partnerships will be key to their chances of taking a win while belief and commitment are required from his side.
"Partnerships will be the key," he said. "We have to believe we can. We just have to show the commitment and fight. The first hour will be important. The team that wins the first hour will be in a good position. At this stage I would say it’s pretty even. We have two set batsmen at the crease and they are playing well.
"I want to commend the bowlers for the way they stuck to the job and bowled out India under 300 twice. Our bowlers have been doing the hard work, now it’s time for the batsmen to go out and win it for the team."
Both Sammy and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo returned four-wicket hauls in an impressive performance from the home side with the ball and he paid tribute to the way his team-mates had performed.
"We were behind in the field so my job was to keep things tight and try to build some pressure. My job was to bowl lots of dot balls and restrict the scoring. That has been my job throughout my Test career and I came here today with that in mind and offered support."
Just as India relied heavily on Rahul Dravid to reach their score of 252 in the second innings, the West Indies will now be relying on Shivnarine Chanderpaul, unbeaten overnight on 24, to come good and give them a chance.
"We all know what Shiv is capable of. He has been excellent throughout his career, he has been in this kind of position many, many times before and he has handled it very well, that's why he has a Test average of just under 50. To get to this victory target we will need big partnerships."
"We saw a few balls keep low and we saw a few balls bounce and a few spun as well. We should have batted much better in the first innings. This is a good cricket wicket and tomorrow we will be looking to get some good scores from the batsmen."
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