West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy declared himself pleased with his and his team's performance after he returned four for 26 during his side's 141-run victory over Zimbabwe in the third One-Day International in Kingstown, Saint Vincent.
Sammy's efforts with the ball helped bundle the tourists out for 104 after the West Indies had posted 245 for nine from their 50 overs.
“I am very pleased with my performance and most of all I am pleased that the team won and we now have a lead in the series," man-of-the-match Sammy said.
"It was a total team effort and as a team we are very happy. We want to continue improving and win again in the two matches to come. I was asked by the captain to create pressure and that is what I did. Today the pitch had some grass and it was helping my seam bowling so I knew I had to pitch the ball up, and try to get some movement off the seam. That is exactly what we did and we got the results that we were looking for,” he added.
He also believes that on their best form, the West Indies deserve to be ranked among the top teams in the world.
“After what we went through in Australia, we wanted to show that we were still ‘there’ in world cricket. Today’s victory and the effort we demonstrated is what we are looking for. We won convincingly and it shows that when we execute our disciplines well, it shows that we are ‘there’ with the other teams. I am striving to be consistent in all my performances and I always try to do well when I put on the West Indies shirt. I just plan to work hard day in and day out and always give it my best, like I did today.”
His captain Chris Gayle was also full of praise for his team and Saint Lucian all-rounder Sammy.
“It was definitely a team effort and I am very happy with the result," the Jamaican said.
"Well done Darren Sammy. He was asked to deliver today and he did so in great style. After losing the first match of the series, we have started to show signs of improvement so we want to continue that and lift the standards even higher. It feels good to win, but this is the beginning. I am sure Zimbabwe will come back hard at us on Friday and we should not get too carried away now.”
The West Indies now lead the five-match series 2-1 and the final two matches, also in Saint Vincent, take place on 12th and 14th March.
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