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April 26, 2011
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said that his side's inability to capitalise on the key moments led to their seven-wicket loss against Pakistan in the second ODI in St Lucia.
"We could have tried to squeeze their batsmen more and when we batted we got a good start, but did not capitalise on it," Sammy said. "We weren't rolled over today. We kept ourselves in the match right to the finish. There were moments when things could have gone either way, but we didn't make it happen.
"We have to find a way to win those tight situations. We have to win in Barbados to stay alive in the series, so we have to grab our chances."
Lendl Simmons was the only West Indies batsmen to score over 30, or manage a strike-rate in excess of 80. As a result, West Indies finished with a below-par score of 220 that was easily chased down. Even in the first ODI, West Indies' made just 221, where only Darren Bravo who got past 30.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi praised the "discipline" shown by his side and said Pakistan were reaping the benefits of sticking to the gameplan. "We made a plan at our team meeting and our guys stuck to it and that was good," Afridi said.
"I think our bowlers are doing a great job, and the fielding has improved because it is a very important area for us. Our batting has shown responsibility and we hope to maintain this discipline right throughout the series."
Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad, who was named the Man of the Match, anchored Pakistan's chase with his second ODI century. "Shehzad is a very talented guy," Afridi said, "and he showed that he is capable of performing. He took his time, but chasing a small total, he could afford to do that and we won the game."
"We tried to keep wickets in hand," Shehzad said, of the way he paced his innings. "It was not a huge total so I knew that I had to control my strokeplay and not get carried away."
The third ODI will be played on Thursday in Barbados. Pakistan lead the five-match series 2-0.
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Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala