West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Gros Islet, St Lucia April 26, 2011

'We lost the key moments' - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • H on April 29, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    For all the WI fans calling for the reinstatement of their favorite players and this as is clearly seen is based on the country the fan in question is from, should OBJECTIVELY look at their statistics and performance history in crunch situations. Most of these players do not or cannot perform when it is crunchtime. When the WI need these players to stand up and show their mettle, they fail miserably. The WICB should form a nucleus of young players who are committed and mold them into a UNIT that is all for one and one for all. Only then will the WI get back on the winning track.

  • H on April 29, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    For all those criticizing the WICB, you ought to take a look at the players. You have for the most part players who have not achieve anything of greatness thinking that they are great. Comments made by the head of the WICB as taken from coaches and other players point straight to the heart of the problem. The problem stem from players who are not committed, unprofessional,and prima donnas, who are not team players and only care about one thing and one thing only, themselves. They do not have WI cricket at heart, no matter what they say. Only a few do not fit this mold, and they know who they are. Players who fit into the aforemention mold, help to foster dissension within the team, and set a bad example for the young members who join the squad. If the senior players do not exibit professionalism, dedication, unselfishness, and leadership, how do you expect to form a winning team? In my opinion, Gayle, Sarwan, Bravo, Pollard and all the malcontents, should be discarded for good.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    @sammy- u guys are losing because of the WICB pick a crappy squad, they themselves need changing, gayle,shiv,sars are not to be left out in any format, now pollard,jerome taylor, roach nad shillingford can be with these guys ,WI can games for US

  • thomas on April 27, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    why ravi rampaul is not tried for the second match.as he is proved wicket taker and he did it in the t20 match.

  • big on April 27, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Look WICB, I understood the experiment and willing to take the licks while it lasts. But how can you name an unchanged team for Thursday's match? Are there not other young players whose regional performances warrant "exposure"? Chandrika, Carter and Walton can't do any worse than Edwards and Baugh. I mean it doesn't matter who we lose with as long as you're experimenting and exposing young talent!

  • Karan on April 27, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    @BigGeorgeMehemood: Yes, judging from a couple of games these players cannot play well. Another player who was incapable of playing well just scored a century against West Indies in the last ODI. In any case, given the West Indies' recent history on the field, I don't think that it makes much sense to guarantee victory simply by swapping a few players around. If West Indies are going to become a strong side, it will probably be a gradual process requiring a new generation of players; of course, given the issues with their regional tournament, it probably wouldn't make sense to leave the development of their youth entirely to that.

    @HRehman: Whereas previous to this series West Indies were world-beaters, rather than a team who would generally be seen as a bit stronger than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh?

  • Douglas on April 27, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Here is how you win Sammy boy! Pick the best team available and have management that is motivating. Off course that would involve bringing back the senior players, dumping Gibson and ....sorry...dropping you from the team! Then as you like to say , "we will bring our "A" game to the fore"! Howzhaaaat?

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Samuels innings of 29 of 80 balls really helped Pakistan's cause...............................The worst player ever

  • Hildreth on April 27, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Guys West Indies were beaten but not HUMILIATED. Remember West Indies with all the BIG GUNS: Gayle, Sarwan and Chand were bowled out for just over 100 runs and trounced by 10 wickets by the same Pakistan in the Qt finals of the last World Cup. So this young Windies team is already performing better than the previous team so cut them some slack for scoring 220 twice. 30 runs more and they could have WON either of these matches. Most of the batsmen got good starts but didn't push on. SAMUELS was not playing his natural game scoring 29 in 74 balls. Roach is a naturally aggressive bowler but hardly bowled a BOUNCER. Bishoo is also an attacking spinner but was only allowed to bowl after the power plays. The COACH must back his men to succeed at their NATURAL GAME and still be responsible at it. West Indies only became a GREAT TEAM because players like Grenidge, Fredericks, Richards, Roberts, Holding played naturally. Bring in Sarwan to strengthen middle and this team can beat Pakistan.

  • avinash on April 27, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Pak need these matches after the 10-0 humiliation by auss...some wins will help them recover..As for the quality of competition.Its pathetic.We know where the best west indies players are playing...

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