India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad December 6, 2011

Narine kept building the pressure - Rampaul

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies captain Darren Sammy and fast bowler Ravi Rampaul have praised the offspinner Sunil Narine, whose performance on debut helped his team win its first match on the tour of India. Narine took 2 for 34 in the third ODI in Ahmedabad, where West Indies won by 16 runs to keep the five-match series alive at 2-1.

"It was a good fight back from the boys. The way we batted, that spell from Rampaul, [Marlon] Samuels bowled well, and the debutant Narine also. It was a team effort," Sammy said. "Narine came here [to India] in the CLT20 and bowled in the pressure situations. He's used to it, it's a role he has performed for T&T [Trinidad & Tobago]."

Narine, 23, began his spell with the new ball during the mandatory Powerplay and also bowled during the bowling and batting Powerplays. He picked up the wickets of Virat Kohli and R Ashwin, after the No. 7 batsman had added 91 runs with Rohit Sharma to bring India back into the chase.

"He [Narine] came in and did a very good job for the team. It was a great way to start your international career," Rampaul said. "He bowled early and got a key wicket and came back at the end, there, to pick up another vital wicket for us. He kept building the pressure on the Indian batsmen and it paid off for us."

Rampaul had struck body blows himself by dismissing Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir with his first two deliveries in the second over of India's chase. The hosts were 8 for 2 chasing 261 and were set back severely. Rampaul returned to dismiss Suresh Raina and then picked up the final wicket, that of Abhimanyu Mithun, to finish with 4 for 57 in 8.5 overs. Mithun had scored 23 off 16 balls, and before his dismissal, India needed 16 off 20 deliveries with one wicket in hand to win the match and the series.

"I would say getting those early breakthroughs proved to be the key point in the match, when we bowled. We got up to a good score thanks to some great batting from Sammy and Russell but we still had a big job to do with the ball," Rampaul, who was Man of the Match, said. "I am used to bowling on these slow, low wickets as they are similar to what I play on in Trinidad. Also, the experience of playing here [in India] for Trinidad & Tobago in the Champions League as well as in the World Cup has helped me a lot.

"My strategy was to bowl wicket to wicket and it was good that I got the ball to swing as well. Finally, we have a win on the tour and it means a lot to us as a team. We came close on quite a few occasions and tonight we got the reward. We will look for more in the coming matches."

Rampaul has 28 wickets at an average of 19 in 14 ODIs in 2011, and Monday's four-wicket haul came after he had broken the record for the highest score by a No. 10, an unbeaten 86 off 66 balls in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam.

That West Indies had a competitive target to defend at Motera was because of a late assault from allrounders Sammy and Andre Russell. Sammy scored 41 off 17 balls and Russell 40 off 18 as 93 runs came off the final seven overs. Sehwag, the India captain, said his bowlers had not executed their plans.

"When two big hitters like Russell and Sammy were batting, it was difficult to bowl, they were connecting well," Sehwag said. "I told my boys to bowl as many yorkers as they could. They tried but couldn't get perfect yorkers, but the team fought really well."

Sehwag, however, took responsibility for the defeat, saying the top-order collapse, which he was part of, was the most significant problem. "It is very hard to chase when your top order fails. In the last three games, our lower order's contribution has been more than the top order and we need to look at ourselves. One of the top order batsman has to bat for 30-40 overs."

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  • nicholas on December 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @ spiritwithin..........sachin, dhoni,zaheer,yuvraj,ishant, 4players are missin, WI missed, dwayne, gayle, taylor, bishoo, Ben, Edwards, Chanderpaul, Sarwan,. 8 players missin for WI. 5 for India

  • neil neutral on December 7, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    @ spirit within... i agree with naresh 28..y 2 grade teams??... i m neither against india nor in favour of wi.. but bear in mind that the z-grade team as u r calling it ruled cricket in 70's and 80' it minnow but nt with grade... i know very well wat india has done .. but i just wanted to remind that india had also lost agnst zim and bangla and they might well loose in future against them.. so can u call ind team a z grade on 1 or 2 performance..????, wat wrong has wi done to get that title..???.

  • Michael on December 7, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @ riverlime the Light,and all those who felt that Narine should have just walk into the team at all costs...certainly DO NOT know how selection processes are arrived at...Martin was the incumbant spinner,and Narine the newcomer.If the selectors had no intention of playing Martin,common sense would tell ANYBODY,that he would NOT have been selected for the tour !now,..having been selected common sense would again tell ANYBODY who knows about how players are selected,would tell you that Martin would have to be the FIRST CHOICE for the first match at least. I never said that Narine shouldn't play,I merely stated that he HAD to wait his turn,the same way that Lara ,for example had to wait his,and a host of others who are still waiting,because the incumbents are still performing,and riverlime says I am insular...yu need to check the meaning of the word insular,you above all should is built into you!All ya felt that somebody should have been dropped to accommodate Narine !

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    yes too mush cricket is going

  • Naresh on December 7, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    PLEASE,PLEASE FANS DONT GRADE TEAMS. In this day and age anyone can win against anyone. SA, AUSTRALIA,ENGLAND,INDIA,PAKISTAN, WINDIES - even the winnoes can beat any team on their day. Its not like in the old days when there was clear positions of teams - lots of cricket has led to equality of teams. West Indies pace attack is up there amonst the best. Pakistan's pace attack is better than India. These are facts. Yes India does have good batsman - if only the bowling would match. In Ashwin we now have a thinking bowler and Ohja is a very accurate bowler. Test cricket demands on pace bowling is great. Zaheer has been there in Indias rise to the top of test standings. Pakistan and Indian fans need to tone down hate comments and rather enjoy excellent cricket between two teams.

  • spirit on December 7, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @mano-e-mano,whats wrong in calling WI a Z-grade team,they r hopeless against all the top teams at the moment losing most of the time,yes indian young team lost to zim last year but d u know what happened to that team after that?yes they wont the asia cup few weeks later beating pak & SL,won 5-0 against NZ,narrowly lost in SA by2-3,then won the WC,again won in WI,in between thrashed in eng but the same indian team is now leading 2-1 in the odi series against WI,a team is not called as Z-grade based on few performance that y WI is regarded as minnows nowadays which means winning against them is not regarded as great but losing to them is a shame

  • Gaurav on December 7, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Oh boy , one victory and so many cocky comments by WI fans,and you guys expect us to be humble when India wins.I congratulated WI on no of times, even when they lost as respect should be given when its due,but i dont think anybody has made an attempt to reciprocate it from WI side.WI B team? is it our mistake that Gayle and Bravo are not ready to serve their team and are more interested in playing t20s .After losing 4 test series in a row since last 10 years and quite a few ODI series against India, suddenly one ODI win makes WI great?I dont support Indians who troll and disrespect others, but i am afraid lot of WI fans are doing so too.

  • spirit on December 7, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty...u r talking about WI missing players but the same is true for indian team,they also missed sachin,dhoni,zaheer,yuvraj,ishant,munaf,nehra,shall i add few more LOL.. the whole indian attack in the series comprised of rookies-aaron,yadav,ashwin,vinay kumar,mithun,cant u see that??even in batting india is missing sachin,dhoni,yuvraj...stop giving the excuses of WI missing players bcoz the fact is india missed more impact players compared to WI..

  • Manesh on December 7, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    @PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD. yes, series win in ur dream !

  • neil neutral on December 7, 2011, 8:06 GMT


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