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Kenya v WI, World Cup warm-up match, Colombo

Sarwan, Russell lead West Indies to win

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February 12, 2011

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West Indies 253 for 8 (Sarwan 123, Bravo 54, Odoyo 3-34) beat Kenya 192 (Obuya 68, Russell4-43) by 61 runs

Ramnaresh Sarwan steadied West Indies after a top-order failure, Kenya v West Indies, World Cup warm-up, R Premadasa, Colombo, February 12, 2011
Ramnaresh Sarwan rescued West Indies from a poor start © Getty Images
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Ramnaresh Sarwan made a composed hundred, and Andre Russell and Kemar Roach combined to take seven wickets, to give the West Indies a 61-win over Kenya in their World Cup warm-up match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Sarwan was not selected for the original tour of Sri Lanka last year because of concerns about his fitness, before being named in the World Cup squad, but this innings should put to rest any lingering doubts about his readiness for international cricket. Sarwan came to the crease with the West Indies in a spot of bother at 32 for 2, with Thomas Odoyo having removed openers Devon Smith and Adrian Barath inside the first 10 overs. Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul followed their team-mates back to the pavilion with only 65 on the board, but Dwayne Bravo stuck around long enough to make a half-century, and together with Sarwan added 94 for the fifth wicket to steady the innings.

Bravo eventually fell to Steve Tikolo for 54, but Sarwan batted through the 50-overs - he was run-out off the last ball of the innings - to make 123, and take West Indies to a defendable total. Sarwan struck 11 fours and five sixes in his 125-ball knock.

Kenya began confidently with opener Seren Waters making 43 and Collins Obuya 68, but they were always behind the required run-rate, and when Darren Sammy bowled Tikolo for 15, it sparked a middle order collapse. Roach bowled Obuya and trapped Maurice Ouma leg before, before Russell polished off the tail to make sure there would be no repeat of Kenya's famous victory in the 1996 World Cup.


Comments: 44 
Posted by zayiah on (February 15, 2011, 20:50 GMT)

I think that west indies has enough problems than we agruing about who should be on the team and who should be the leader.we have lots of talent in the caribbean , the selector has to find a way to put those talent into good use instead of having those player sitting at home , they should find a better way to use the players.

Posted by buddygr8 on (February 15, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

When will th selectors recorvrgnise that Darren Sammy does not deserve a place on the squad, much more b captain

Posted by   on (February 15, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

@metman if u read the first half of my comment carefully u would realize that I did criticize pollards international effort, as for the stats quoted they were in response to the individual who said that pollard can't make 250 at regional level, my statements were to show that individual that he is capable of doing so, and has a far better chance to do so than Sammy. U could rain all the hate u want on Polly but at the end of the day there are bigger problems to deal with. If Polly screws up he'll get benched, but if Sammy screws up the team would suffer bitterly cause at the end of the day he is the leader. (something that should never be). U clearly have a problem with trini's and I suggest that u deal with it, it's affecting your judgement on things west Indian. what's the next stage in your delusion? comparing devon smith to Brian Lara? I am not making any excuses for polly, he has disappointed, but at the same time, font try to justify sammy's place, he shouldn't have one.

Posted by Metman on (February 14, 2011, 22:55 GMT)

continuing !Therfore without showing any favour to those two misfits at Int'l level,and by going all the way,clearly Sammy is a better than Pollard.Pollard is a confirmed,established and renown failure at Int'l level for the WI,and that is a FACT,and I agree with AntiDarwin 100%.Sammy,Mr.Trini has not yet reached that stage,but he will, after the India and Pakistan tour later this year.Again I dont know why Mr.Abraham mentioned Pollard's 4 day regional record.Maybe,he is expecting Pollard to represent the WI in Tests,for your info.sir,if he does represents the WI in tests,I would show you 2 blackbirds that have recently 'cut' teeth !

Posted by Metman on (February 14, 2011, 22:31 GMT)

@Reuel Abraham !It is absolutely amazing that you in one breath could say 'When criticizing please go all the way,stop showing favour" in reference to one Kieron Pollard's batting record in regional.,and in another breath,not going all the way and showing favour by not including their respective batting and bowling av.in ODI's and T20I's,and their 4 day and T20 bowling av.Sammy is an allround cricketer,he has represented the WI in tests,ODI's and T20I's(not that he is a favourite of mine,he too is a poor to moderate Int'l cricketer).Pollard has only represented the WI in ODI's and T20I's,therefore I found it rather strange that you only included his 4 day regional batting record.Pollard batting av.in ODI's is 18.82,Sammy 23.30,in T20I's Pollard12.66,Sammy 15.55.Bowling av.in ODI's,Pollard 28.66,Sammy 46.35(the only 1 in favour of Pollard).In T20I's,Pollard 32.72 and Sammy 14.95.In the 4 day regional, Pollard has 6 wkts @52.16,in T20 87 wkts @19.00 and Sammy 149 @26.54,and 39 @18.43

Posted by   on (February 14, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

the people who are saying that Sammy is a good cricketer obviously aren't talking about Darren Sammy, i don't mind you fooling yourselves, but don't try to fool the other readers who may just now be hearing about Darren Sammy. As for Pollard, he too is disappointing, and needs to prove himself. I agree with the readers who say that chanders needs a rest, he does. Its funny how ANTIDarWIN keeps attacking Ravi and Kieron, but ask us to keep the faith in Darren Sammy? come on man, Be honest with yourself at least. Sammy's biggest issue is Sammy, not polly or ravi. And all wi fans know that andre russel is raw, he has potential to be really good, but as it stands right now he could bowl one good spell and give it all away in the next. @ANTIDarWIN pollard's highest in regional cricket is 174, as opposed to sammy's 121, pollard's 4 day's ave is 37 as opposed to sammy's 24. Pollard has 3 regional centuries as opposed to Sammy's 1. When criticizing please go all the way. stop showing favor!!!

Posted by   on (February 14, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

here's what we know so far, WI doesnt have a chance of winning the world cup, thats a fact.... i think sammy can do well as a captain,the selectors jsut need to give him a good team to work with,RAMPAUL and POLLARD shouldnt be in the team,oh devon smith too...what were the selectors thinking

Posted by   on (February 14, 2011, 10:27 GMT)

@davidvt i couldnt agree with what u've said more.....

Posted by enigma12345 on (February 14, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

My Squad 1)Chris Gayle2)Ramnaresh Sarwan3)Darren Bravo4)Marlon Samuels5)Keiron Pollard 6)Dwayne Bravo 7) L.Simmons(W.K)8)A.Russel9)J.Taylor10)S.Benn11)K.Roach


Posted by enigma12345 on (February 14, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

Marlon Samuels is the best batsmen in west Indies now.

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