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

One wicket away from win - Rampaul

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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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  • Cricinfouser on May 18, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    INSHALLAH pakistan will level the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...............wish all the luck for pakistan team and misbah-ul-haq!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!proud to be a pakistani!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    MY FRIEND THELIGHT no fighting today I am very happy WI have won the test match, the 1st since 2009.AND SAMMY has shown what it is to be totally committed to a cause, THE FATHER shows u a way out. HOWEVER I hold my view and maybe time will prove me right. INCIDENTALLY FLETCHER had 2-100; 2-50; 1-0;in 8 matches. RAMDIN had 1-100;4-50;2-0; in 10 matches, in the DOMESTIC SEASON. I have no problems with RAMDIN,he is a good keeper,but don't u think that after 42 test matches and avg 22+ , someone else should be tried,and given a FAIR break to bat at 6, a far less demanding position. FLETCHER is not the worse keeperI have seen. END of debate for me.I'LL have a DRINK FOR WI.

  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    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

  • Dxforever on May 15, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Once the batsman bat sensibly then Pakistan should win. If anything this pitch showed the technical inefficiencies of the batsmen on both sides. No one was really willing to stick and apply themselves to score on the pitch. Even if they did wickets were falling at the other end. Ajmal, Bishoo and Ravi certainly impressed with the ball. The batting in this test shows the need for an experienced batting coach/consultant for both teams in order to work out the flaws.

  • Dhs2000 on May 15, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Wicket!!!!! If Rampaul is right then WI should win

  • cricfan25640415 on May 15, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    WI selectors are jokers - we all know that, so is the coach. Being the home team how can you not know how the pitch will play?Why wasn't a 2nd spinning option picked.maybe Samuels' off spin.There is no balance to the bowling attack.How about D. Smith - the whole world knows he can't bat except the selectors - maybe he's their godson.You pick your team based on the conditions. I'M WATCHING THE IPL AND ENJOYING CHRIS GAYLE'S AWESOME BATTING DISPLAY.

  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Pakistan should win it from here

  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    This match is tantalisingly poised! If only the timings were human, I would definitely watch this test match. Two not-very-highly-rated batting sides scrapping out a good test match on a good wicket. One wicket in the first half hour tomorrow, and the match should go the Windies way. Otherwise one hour of sensible batting tomorrow, and the match will head Pakistan's way.

  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I think Pakistan should play normal game and play over by over...if they play 50 more the game is theirs...don't think WI look that much dangerous while bowling this time around...should be easy for Pakistan! Indeed a very good chance to win a test series in windies for the first time ever!

  • TheLight on May 15, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Godfrey Pieters,

    Fletcher cannot keep wicket. end of story.

    Ramdin has a couple centuries, scores in the 90's and a couple half centuries in this years domestic season and has shown he is back.

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