WI v Pakistan, 1st Test, Providence, 3rd day May 15, 2011

One wicket away from win - Rampaul

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies pace bowler Ravi Rampaul has said that his side are one wicket away from the "breakthrough" they need to win the first Test against Pakistan. Pakistan need another 139 runs to beat West Indies with seven wickets in hand.

"We started really well and with the assistance the bowlers are getting from the pitch we believe we can win this match," Rampaul, who provided West Indies with the early momentum, picking up two quick wickets in Pakistan's second innings, said.

"The ball swung at the start of the innings and I was able to hit my areas. We will come back in the morning [on Sunday] and run in hard at the Pakistan batsmen again."

Rampaul has been in good bowling for West Indies, having picked up three wickets in the first innings. He also picked up eight wickets in the recently concluded ODI series against the visitors from three games including four wickets in the final ODI in Guyana that West Indies won. He credited his improved performances to better fitness levels and advice from West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.

"Last year I had an injury in the Test match against South Africa. After that I spoke to the coach [Gibson] and he offered me some great advice. He told me I needed to improve my fitness levels and he also told me I could bowl a lot faster and be a major asset to the team.

"I went away and did a lot of work in all areas of my game and came back with a new focus. I have been doing a lot of good work with Gibson and the work is paying off. He gives us a lot of good advice and he's easy to work with and easy to talk to. My figures are improving and I'm enjoying my cricket playing for the West Indies."

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