West Indies v Pakistan, 1st T20I, St Vincent July 28, 2013

Sammy rues extra Powerplay runs

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Darren Sammy, the West Indies T20 captain, admitted that the failure of his bowlers to contain Pakistan's batsmen during the Powerplay overs was a major factor in his side's two-wicket loss to Pakistan in the first T20I.

"We gave away too many runs in the Powerplay," Sammy said. "We still have to learn how to do it. I believed in [Shannon] Gabriel's extra pace, and thought he could get Afridi out. He did get him out, but a bit too late. We batted like champions, but this time our bowlers didn't back up our batsmen."

Shannon Gabriel, Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, who bowled the mandatory Powerplay overs for West Indies, conceded 61 runs in the first six overs. Although West Indies managed to dismiss three batsmen, the start was enough to give Pakistan some momentum in their chase. Gabriel gave 25 runs in his first two overs and took the wicket of Nasir Jamshed. He was expensive in his second spell, too, conceding 19 runs in two overs, but managed to dismiss Hammad Azam in the 15th over and Shahid Afridi in the penultimate over, with Pakistan six runs short of the target.

Pakistan's reply was largely guided by Shahid Afridi, who scored 46 off 27 balls, and debutantes Umar Amin and Zulfiqar Babar also put up impressive performances. Amin steadied the innings after the loss of early wickets with a 34-ball 47, while Babar picked up the wickets of Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Bravo, before scoring 13 nerveless runs to take Pakistan to victory off the last ball. Afridi, who won the Man-of-the-Match award, and Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez were effusive in their praise for Amin and Babar.

"I should give my award to Zulfiqar Babar: he bowled well, fielded well, batted well. And Umar Amin too," Afridi said after the match.

"It's a great effort by the players," Hafeez said. "I was really happy to see their desire to win. I am really happy with the contribution of the two debutants, and then Shahid Afridi. It was a tough chase, but the positive intent was there."

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  • Android on July 28, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    It is the high time Pak, should bring in Abdur Razak,as I feel he is the most dangerous t20 player & Imran Nazir the most swashbuckling,phlegmatc opening batsman.It least he can be very handy in the initial power play overs

  • Carson on July 28, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    This is exactly the reason why I get frustrated with Darren Sammy. I cannot understand what his precise roll is in the team. Sammy captains the test team and plays as one of the strike bowlers. Yet whenever WI is chasing a victory and need to pick up wickets he does not bowl. I therefore assumed that maybe he is not really a wicket taker even though he plays as a strike bowler in test matches. This led me to conclude that he is there to contain the runs flow and put a leash on the opposition's scoring rate. But still I am left confused because when WI is seeking to contain runs Sammy does not bowl either. Yesterday WI needed to either get Afridi out or contain the runs and Sammy did not consider himself good enough for either task so how can we the fans then consider him good enough to be playing. I think his role apart from being captain needs to be explained. is it that he is now playing as a batsman?

  • Jawwad on July 28, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @Atif - Who is Haider? Man, Babur pulled the game in last over but really he cannot bat at an International level as it was evident. We actually almost lost because of his dot balls. I wonder why was he sent ahead of Saeed Ajmal who may not be a solid bat but has tonnes of experience and knows when and how to rotate strike to get that odd run. But good on Babur that he didn't almost disappoint but he needs work on his batting.

  • Android on July 28, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    why given gabrial to 19 th over why not badree bowl full quota

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I wonder who Gibson blaming now for WI recent failures. Tiredness is not an excuse when you have many players.

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    sammy undr bowled himself. he was economical during odis and a good bowling option but he never used himself and persisted with expensive bowlers.

  • Android on July 28, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    I think Haider should have received the MoM.

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