West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Providence May 5, 2011

A great way to end the series - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, is confident his team can take some positive momentum into next week's first Test after they ended the one-day series against Pakistan with a pair of victories. Pakistan took the series 3-2, but West Indies finished with a one-run win in Barbados, followed by a comprehensive 10-wicket success in Guyana on Thursday.

Chasing 140, West Indies reached the target without breaking a sweat, as the openers Lendl Simmons (77 not out) and Kirk Edwards (40 not out) cruised home in the 24th over. Mohammad Hafeez was the Player of the Series but Simmons was the highest run scorer over the five games, with 279 runs at 69.75, including four half-centuries.

"Simmons has been great all throughout and again today he demonstrated his ability with the bat," Sammy said after the win. "His shot-selection was superb, and he formed a very good partnership with Kirk, who also played well. It is good to see we are getting performances like these. The players are growing and the self-belief is there.

"We now look ahead to the Test matches with confidence. Some new players will be coming in to join the setup and we know we will maintain the same momentum we had during the ODIs."

The victory was set up by a fine bowling effort led by Ravi Rampaul, who took 4 for 45, while Sammy himself picked up 3 for 30. It is the first time in Sammy's short captaincy career that West Indies have strung together two consecutive wins in any format, excluding matches against the Associates.

"[It was a] great way to end the series, we asked for a win and we got one here today," Sammy said. "The crowd was superb and they gave us the positive vibe from the start. I want to thank the fans for coming out and showing us so much love. We fed off that and went out and delivered in style. The bowlers did another fantastic job for us. They pegged back the Pakistanis and our fielding was also tops."

The Test series begins in Guyana next Thursday, before the second and final Test starts in St Kitts the following week.

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  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    You know as a former u15 windward islands player I support Darren sammyb full good things don't come easy , and if sammy get the support from WI fans around the world he will be one of WI dominan captain....GIVE THE YOUTTH UR SUPPORT

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    ON SAMMY! LET us face it we in the WI have grown accustomed to seeing our captains excel with either the bat or ball and in so cases both. SAMMY is an average allrounder we knew it from the start. But SAMMY is bringing TOTAL commitment to the table,and if he can get ten men with total commitment our rating will improve. TECHNOLOGY has made on field captaincy much easier. THERE is a great deal of information on players out there. NOBODY wants the job he took,support him until some one better comes along. who knows, that someone may play in this series or against INDIA.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    @fox6020 the only thing Otis Gibson failed with at the WC was getting Gayle to play for WI and not advertise for IPL.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    NOT a bad performance from a side that wasn't given a chance by many. THEY didn't win the series but they won two matches, and that is good. WE did get some positives out of the series, SIMMONS, BISHOO and RAVI. MARTIN was encouraging. SAMMY is not our biggest problem. DIDN'T we win two matches with him at the helm? SO what is the big deal? PLAYERS need to take their role seriously and play responsibly. . SIMMONS and BISHOO did just that. BISHOO has a great temperament. IT's about the players in the WI team having the desire to win matches, the talent is there.

  • Karan on May 7, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    @fox6020: Samuels did badly in the ODIs primarily because he seemed to instinctively play as if it were a test. I'm not sure that that's necessarily worth dropping him for when one is planning to play a test.

  • charlie on May 6, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    Some people are calling for even more new players in the squad for the tests matches , the same changes of which they are accusing the management : That's ok because , there are diamonds in the rough amongst the group ,.but don't let us forget those players like Nash,Ramadin and Benn who have performed so well for us in the past . Benn and Bishoo should be working in tandem as spinners and Ramadin who is still the best keeper in the regeion ,should be our keeper...I can see some good coming from the present changes ,but it takes time for the players to work their way in . It's nice to see West Indies getting a good opening stand of over 100 :when was the last time we have seen such ?

  • Kamal on May 6, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    oh and as captain...give Ramdin another shot. I forgot to include Nash. He is a definite starting 11 player... I would toss up between him and Samuels. Samuels has failed in all matches in the ODI against the Pakistan bowling. So Nash would get the nod...

  • Kamal on May 6, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    I am not sure if you all know that if the WI can win the test series and at least draw the indian test series, we will move up the test rankings. This is why the best team must be picked. Simmons, Barath (if fit), Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Samuels, Bishoo, Rampaul, Taylor, F. Edwards, Brathwaite. If Pollard is available, give him a try. also Gayle is needed...remember he scored 333 against Sri Lanka in the last test series the WI played. Pollard can offer batting, bowling and fielding, so too Gayle. But if the WICB wants to develop, we still need the senior players to nuture the young ones in the team... I would say my 11 is as follows - Simmons, Barath, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Rampaul, Bishoo, Taylor & Edwards (even though) I feel that CR Brathwaite from CCC should get a shot... Edwards has been given too many chances, but always gets broken down...

  • andrea on May 6, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    devendra bishoo,lendl simmons,rampaul, have been d most consistent players 4 west indies in d series.i am very proud of lendl simmons,he has helped us well,4 half centuries and a 24 not bad and 64 in d t20,bishoo 11 wickets in the series and 4 in d t20,rampaul didnt play all d games but he played three games and did well,although he didnt get a wicket in 1 he bowled well and in d nex 2 games got 2 4 wicket hauls.ravi rampaul can control his bowling well bishoo is a tricky bowler and has good flight of d ball and simmons has very good timing and play shots well

  • Kamal on May 6, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    I seriously hope that due to the last 2 wins in the ODI series does not make Sammy the choice as captain for the test series. We need a captain who understands the game, not only that but one who also can contribute to the team, whether with the bat or the ball, if not both. Based on the just concluded regional series, one such captain is Darren Ganga. Some people have said that it is too late for him, but he scored 620 runs with 3 hundreds. Also Ramdin was dropped for poor batting, since then he did really well in the regional series. My 15 man squad for the test will be as follows; Simmons, Barath, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo, Ramdin, Ganga, Bishoo, Rampaul, Taylor, Fidel Edwards, Nash, Samuels, CR Brathwaite & Pollard. There are some other candidates such as Kantasingh, R Emrit, Jaggernauth, Mathurin, Austin, Gayle. However, Hilarie wants to build and develop WI cricket...do the right thing and take the first step ---- RESIGN. also Ottis Gibson should go. He failed in the WC.

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