Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day November 16, 2010

Onus on West Indies spinners - Nash


Brendan Nash, the West Indies vice-captain, said taking early wickets was the key to West Indies' push for a win against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle. Nash scored 64 and shared a record fourth-wicket partnership of 167 with triple-century maker Chris Gayle to strengthen West Indies' position.

"We are on top at the moment, 500-plus ahead," Nash said. "Sri Lanka is used to scoring big runs so we have to be tight. We have a young bowling attack, experience-wise. On this sort of wicket with the batsmen to come, we have to be really on our game and stick to our game plan. Early wickets are the key and the spinners are going to play a big part as their spinners did. There's not much in it for the seam bowlers."

Nash said that it was a privilege batting with Gayle who went on to make a career-best 333. Gayle became the highest scoring West Indian batsman in the subcontinent and the fourth batsman in history to make two triple-hundreds. "Chris really summed it up quite well. He knew when to attack and when to pull back a little bit," Nash said. "That was maybe (because of) the way the wicket played, and they bowled very well in patches.

"We didn't have target in mind but I tried to keep him going. The conditions for him were changing. He's been out there from ball one and I tried to just keep him mentally going and physically tried to hold him up." Nash said the few targets West Indies had set for themselves they had met but expressed disappointment the way the last five wickets were lost.

Spinner Ajantha Mendis captured five wickets for 13 runs off 46 balls to trigger a West Indies collapse. He ended with six wickets for 169. "Mendis bowled very well. We sort of have to look at him and work out a bit of a game plan against him when the wickets breaking up a little bit and a bit drier.

"Probably the runs we would have liked a little more but Sri Lanka slowed the game down very well. Tactically they played very well. The amount of overs we batted were right because we wanted to keep the game moving forward and didn't want it to peter out to be a draw. That's why we set ourselves how many overs we wanted to bat and we wanted a few more runs admittedly but it was good in a way we batted to all our targets."

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  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Yahooo! Rain will save us..................

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    take time we will rise again,,now we are under dogs,we will bite again trust me.

  • varuna on November 17, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    lankan_neutral u are correct.we should make wickets for both but with more encouragement for the spinners against the windies like opposition.

  • Ramindu on November 17, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    @ Sai- Making excuses are we??lolz what about the great spinner Harbajan, the one Murali thought was the best person who would come close to 800. He can't even take a legitimate wicket these days. But still he's a good bowler, he'll come through. @cricketisagame- No I didn't get it from someone who bowled a no ball just to deny a century to the opposition batsman. I got it thought the cricinfo ball by ball descriptioins :D @nikhildevdesai- Who's following controvesies my friend? Everyone expected the mighty indian team to steamroll this NZ team and it was the same expectations from the Lankans to steamroll the WI team. If you take you're opponenets lightly then you will suffer for that. That's what happenned to both the teams and for SA as well. For you're information I've been watching cricket for 15 years so you don't have to explain the differences of test,odi,t20 to me but I appreciate the effort.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Err..whats Sai Prasad's problem? Besides who said we are aspiring thats India. With their ultra potent bowling attack which can pick up twenty wickets any day and the mighty batting line up with Harbajan Singh, the greatest batsman that ever lived. India is certain to win the world cup and NOT get knocked out in the semi final or a knockout match by Sri Lanka. So please do not comment here, we admit that India is number one and certain world cup champions. Please let us "minnows" enjoy our game and admire what our players do for our country. Thank you.

  • Michael on November 17, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Dear people: when did this become about India? Can we stay remotely on topic please, and stop hijacking every story with claims of how good or overrated India are?

  • Ed on November 17, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    can we not talk about India? This article is about SL & WI.....India supporters should comment on the Indian related articles.

  • jermaine on November 16, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Y people talking about india because they couldnt bowl out nz but bangladesh did 4 times to win a series. Bangadesh just play better cricket at that besides they are improving as a team. what about the wi Take out Mighty Gayle's 333 and we in fact did okay for an inexperienced bowling line up (32 test matches in total) compared to WI (58 Test matches) but we still need a solid fast bowler who's able to get early wickets

  • jinesh on November 16, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    @ sai prasad and all the other cocky indians...ramzi is right, if you're goin to b a no1 test team u should have the bowlers to take 20 wickets and especially against a team like NZ and more importantly on YOUR OWN home turf...and FYI the only reason your team bats big scores is because your board prepares flat pitches, cmon man if harbhajan can score a century they must b something fishy goin on...even ill score a century on indian flat pitches lol

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    @Ramzi India's strngth is batting not bowling. And Zaheer was missing to day as well!

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