West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, 4th day, Providence May 15, 2011

We had the belief - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

"This is what West Indies cricket is about," Darren Sammy, the team's captain, said after a morale-boosting win over Pakistan in the first Test in Providence. There was much talk off the field in the lead-up to this Test: there was criticism about Sammy's form, the absence of key players from the squad for the series, differences between senior players and the board, but West Indies emerged victors in a low-scoring encounter to put those issues on the back-burner. They also ended up depriving Pakistan of an opportunity to win a Test series in the West Indies for the first time.

"We as a team needed this performance," Sammy, who picked up a five-wicket haul in the second innings to bowl out Pakistan for 178, said. "Lately, things hadn't been going well but I had the belief, this team had the belief."

Sammy failed with the bat, but finished the game with seven wickets. Two other performances stood out for West Indies, that of Devendra Bishoo in his debut Test and Ravi Rampaul, who had taken only four wickets in five Tests prior to the match, but took seven in the game, including crucial strikes early in both innings. "Rampaul looks fit, and has worked really hard with Ottis Gibson [the West Indies coach]. It was a tough decision to pick between him and Fidel Edwards," Sammy said.

The batsmen, said Sammy, did well to hang in there on a tough pitch in both innings. "It was a difficult pitch. We found ourselves not playing the spin too well. But I commend the guys for the effort, they batted out time and put in a total which in the end was enough to get the victory.

"We saw how the wicket played on the first day and it was good to see West Indies battling, batting out the whole day."

West Indies' team manager, Richie Richardson, added: "I thought Pakistan had the better part of the pitch but it was great to see the way our players applied themselves and went out there and played their hearts out. The bowlers stuck to the task and did a fantastic job. We also saw some resolute batting when it was required.

"What we are trying to build is a team. We are working on the total team concept, where players will have the confidence to go out and perform and know they have a role to play."

Pakistan were 80 for 3 overnight, chasing 219, but lost Asad Shafiq early on the fourth day. Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, and Umar Akmal put together a half-century stand but there wasn't much support from the lower order against a spirited West Indies performance. Misbah acknowledged the better team had won.

"To lose this Test is disappointing, they played better cricket and bowled disciplined lines," he said. Misbah praised Saeed Ajmal for his maiden ten-wicket haul in Tests - Ajmal finished with 11 - but rued missed opportunities and allowing the last-wicket pair of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Devendra Bishoo to extend the lead to 218 in the second innings.

"We dropped so many catches and gave away so many runs to the lower order. We were a little disappointing from the batting point of view also," Misbah said. "We fought well yesterday [Saturday] to recover after losing early wickets, but most of our guys got out to good balls."

The second Test gets underway at St Kitts on May 20.

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  • I on May 18, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    @everfaithful. On that Sammy average of 26, his average against Australia , South Africa, England, and Sri Lanka is over 40, which includes his one game with 7/66 in 2nd innings against England. Remove that one performance and the average becomes 66. Most current West Indian bowlers can at least match that against those teams.

  • ryan on May 18, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Devon Smith need to go...

  • rob on May 18, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Windies must not get carried away after victory against minnows.

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    West Indies Must Include Fidel Edwards In Second Test ,He Is Very Good Bowler

  • andrea on May 17, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    y every1 blaming sammy,if ur better than sammy y dont u replace him?sammy has leadership n can bowl 12 test match 36 wkts thats good he jus need 2 work n his batting this is my side 4 the second test match out of d 13:1 lendl simmons 2 chanderpaul 3 bravo 4 sarwan 5 sammuels 6 nash 7 baugh 8 sammy 9 rampaul 10 bishoo 11 edwards.bowlers: sammy medium rampaul fast edwards fast medium bisho legbreak

  • ramu on May 17, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Hey John Mclean, you are right about dem Guyanese not supporting West Indies. I was there some time ago when at Bourda, India play WI and most people supporting India too. I dont really know why but what I hear from dem boys was dat there is too much corruption in WI board and people get fed up with all that. Some people say there is race problem too and I see dat for myself. In TandT there is problem like this too because some people complain dat good players dem not getting selected, but Guyana is worse; you can see it blatant.

  • Cricinfouser on May 17, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    No problem guys INSHALLAH we still can level the series !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nataraaj on May 17, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Full credit to WI team for the win. i don't say WI bowled well , but it's PAK batted very badly in both innings. if you compare the batting strength, WI looks better because they have chandrapaul, sarwan, brawoo. but here except misbah no one looks comfortable at this wicket, i don't understand why pak did not pickup Yunis khan ?

  • Kannan on May 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Bring in Pollard. He could be a Viv Richards and the change in WI cricket is sure

  • Robin on May 17, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    A great morale boosting victory for the Windies and i give props to Sammy for leading from the front because he has taken alot of criticism for his selection in the first place. But i wouldn't get too carried away, let's not forget that this is a very depleted Pakistani team as well and depsite this being a very intriguing test match, it was a poor batting performance by both teams, which flattered the stats of the Bowlers. St Kitts is renowned for being a very flat track and i heard that a duke ball was used in Guyana, so i'll be intrigued to see how the ball plays in the next test.

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