Afghanistan v West Indies, World T20 2016, Group 1 Nagpur March 27, 2016

We lost the game, they didn't win it - Sammy

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It was Afghanistan's first win in the Super 10s, it was their first win in any format against a Full Member side other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and they had done rather well to beat West Indies, but the West Indies captain was in no mood to praise his opponents. An uncharacteristically tetchy Darren Sammy instead said his team should have had the match in the bag, that they should have easily chased 124, and failed to do so only because none of their batsmen took the responsibility of anchoring the chase.

"[I] don't think it was difficult," he said, when asked about the challenge of batting against Afghanistan's spinners on a slow, grippy pitch. "At the end of the day, we just didn't play smart enough. We backed ourselves. The games we have won, every match somebody took responsibility to bat through. Chris [Gayle] did it in the first game, [Andre] Fletcher did it in the second game, Marlon [Samuels] did it in the third.

"This time nobody did it. Nobody took responsibility, just left it for the next man to come. Like I said to the guys tonight, we just leave this game here in Nagpur. It's a new focus now, which is the semi-final which is the first step and we just have to be ready to face whoever it is in Mumbai."

In a closely fought match decided by a six-run margin, Afghanistan ran 11 twos, while West Indies only managed five. Sammy didn't think this had been a key difference between the two sides in the game, and repeated his belief that West Indies should have won the game comfortably.

"This ground is probably one of the biggest grounds in India," he said. "Plenty [of] twos were on display, especially when you are trying to save the boundary. Batsmen, depending on how quickly the ball is coming to you, always [have] two on offer particularly if you run the first one hard. Yeah, look, at the end of the day, we were really happy chasing 124. We should have gotten it. We lost the game, they didn't win it."

While disappointed that West Indies had lost, Sammy was happy they had won their first three games and to be among the final four teams left standing in the World T20.

"They [Afghanistan] are a side we were supposed to beat, and we just didn't do that today. But the main objective of the Super 10 was to qualify for the semis and that we did."

Fletcher retired hurt after the sixth over of West Indies' innings, while batting on 10. He returned to the crease in the final over, with West Indies needing 10 off the last three balls, but looked in clear discomfort, hobbling the last run of his innings. Philip Spooner, the West Indies media manager, said he had injured his right hamstring.

"We will assess him tomorrow early and a decision would be made," he said. "At this stage, as you could see, he is struggling, but a full assessment will be made tomorrow."

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  •   Kalesh Bhawan on March 31, 2016, 19:57 GMT

    WEST INDIES vs India.

    If India has labelled Kolhi a Superman then why cant A Superman have failed to win that match???

    All Indian players played but are having over confidence. And where was my answer regarding superman?? Is it impossible for an Indian superman to win that Match between INDIA Vs Westindies? Thats means fake Superman. So how can We believe?

    I mean WI know only how to play sixes only. All are six hitters. Indian players do not have that ability. Nor can India ever produce. Do not believe in quick runs like single run or two runs. Why cant a KOLIHI Superman can hit like that of West Indies every single player. That means I must believe in darkness. O cum on India. Its modern Days. You cant do labelling like what u did previously to kolhi as "spiderman" Did west indies win mericolously you mean to say that? Your every single appeal from Dhoni's site is fake proving at your todays failure point?? Do you still want me to believe in doni koli?? Also you fear with your K

  • Zahirshah on March 29, 2016, 7:54 GMT

    I am from Afghanistan, but I also believe that WI didn't play their natural cricket, and Afghanistan won because they had the passion, they were eager for a victory, and this is why they defeated WI, I think WI underestimated Afghanistan, Sammy didn't bowl in his last three matches, but against Afghanistan even he came for bowling, I believe that he was thinking this match would be very easy for us to win, but the passion and eagerness of Afghan players gifted them a sweet victory....

  • azizfaqiry on March 28, 2016, 22:30 GMT

    AGE_OF_TIGERS: Afghanistan is a new team, for the first time they were playing WI and they won the match. similar Afghanistan beat BD for the first time in 2014. in 2015 they won many of matches from Zim. Afghanistan could beat at least one team and scared 3 others and BD only scared India and lost all matches.

  • Metman on March 28, 2016, 21:30 GMT

    Sammy you are talking FOOLISHNESS !! contribute to YOUR teams' success and then run your mouth.If you had.. probably ,WI would have won.

  • wirus on March 28, 2016, 18:08 GMT

    The truly sad thing about this match is that Afg. told them before the match that they would use their spinners to tie them down and so win the match and guess what happened...Afg. spinners tied them down and they won the match. That to my mind is a comprehensive victory - when you can tell your opponent how you will beat him and then do it. And judging from Sammy's comments WI have learned...NOTHING. Their next opponents need only follow the Afgan example and unless it happens to be Gayle's day and he survives and cuts loose WI may well lose again. Why? Because they seldom reflect properly and above all they seldom change or adapt. There is a trend now with lowly ranked teams beating WI. This is a mental problem (you don't need much technique in this form of cricket) and that has been the WI's biggest problem for the past 15 years. Maybe (just maybe) this will be the defeat that gets them mentally switched on for 40 overs and they may yet reach the finals.

  • Afgun_Mujahid on March 28, 2016, 12:19 GMT

    For the best part of the after gane when chris joined the Afgha camp for a snap and them celebration moves great sporting attitude.

  • 2030-USA-hub on March 28, 2016, 11:55 GMT

    hi Sammy, please don't talk like child. you are playing the gentleman game. be professional in front of Mike. In 1985, after FIRST test win by SriiLanka against India in Srilanka, Kapil Dev said that srilanka win ONLY in SriLanka. Rest is history.

  • ken51 on March 28, 2016, 11:28 GMT

    Dear Darren Sammy

    When one loses after as abject a performance like this from one's team against a team hungry to win and which has played well,one must give credit to the opposition.No one is going to lie down and have you roll over them.Your batsmen performed badly, you in particular are a questionable asset to your team,and Afghanistan bowled and fielded magnificently. I am West Indian,but can only salute Afghanistan for a brilliant performance. To say further that you intend to play the same way in semi-final underlines a key aspect of your team's performance: an unwillingness to learn and an inability to adapt.

  • mvchilukuri on March 28, 2016, 9:27 GMT

    Afghanistan beating West Indies is terrific and the match is far better than India beating Aussies.

    In fact, they played much better cricket than Indian team with out any doubt. The way they chased target against South Africa was brilliant. Please note none of our openers played similar knock in entire tournament.

    Indian bowling has been pathetic with many bowlers bowling short and wide. Unfortunately, we may not have bowling legends in future like Kapil Dev, Kumble, Javagal Srinat, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan.

    Kiwi spinners bowled excellently on Indian tracks where as our spinners not only bowled badly but too many wides against Australia.

    Let me tell you one thing Ashwin is no where near Harbhajan or Kumble. Our fast bowlers hardly play more than one year.

    Afghanistan and Bangladesh teams are becoming stronger with every match.

  • Coolcapricorn on March 28, 2016, 9:10 GMT

    We know that the WI are very inconsistent these days & their batting is quite capable of imploding. With the Afghanis showing a lot of talent & promise, felt they were quite capable of carrying out an upset or two by beating one of the top teams. So in these circumstances, not really a surprise they beat the Windies & so not true nor gracious Darren Sammy saying what he has said.

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