Australia v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 27, 2014

West Indies hope to sustain new-ball success

West Indies are banking on their new-ball pair of legspinner Samuel Badree and left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie to put Australia under early pressure in their World T20 game on Friday. In both their matches so far, West Indies have been able to break through early. While they did not have too many to defend against India, they made the most of scoreboard pressure against Bangladesh.

Santokie struck twice off successive deliveries in his second over, by which time Badree had already taken out Tamim Iqbal. Badree and Santokie picked up 7 for 32 between them against Bangladesh, and while acknowledging they had been assisted by the 171 runs the West Indies batsmen had scored, Badree said the duo would continue to look for wickets while bowling to Australia's top order.

"Santokie is known for his wicket-taking ability. That is very, very important in the Powerplay overs," Badree said. "If you can take wickets, you can put pressure on the opposition batsmen. If you don't take wickets, that means that the openers will be there and they will be able to score freely. So it is good bowling with him because he is someone who always gets early wickets with the new ball.

"In this tournament so far I have been getting early wickets as well. We have been working well with that partnership, he from one end, I from the next. As long as we can maintain getting early wickets and restricting the opposition in the first six overs, I think that is exactly what the team needs."

Darren Sammy had talked up Santokie before West Indies' opener against India, saying he had taken plenty of wickets in the Caribbean T20 and would be a player to watch out for as the tournament progressed. Santokie has displayed a deceptive slower ball so far in the tournament, getting it to move appreciably off the pitch at times. He has also been quite accurate, which Badree felt was crucial in the format.

Australia's major challenge, however, will be against spin, which they succumbed to against Pakistan despite Glenn Maxwell's counter-attack, losing five wickets in all to Zulfiqar Babar, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi. In the 2012 World T20 semi-final, Badree, Narine and Marlon Samuels took five Australian wickets between them in West Indies' huge win. Sammy expected Badree and Narine, the world's top-ranked T20 bowlers, to again pose problems for Australia.

"It will be a good contest. Badree and Narine are one and two in the world in T20 cricket at the moment and Badree has been getting wickets upfront for us in the first six overs," Sammy said. "It is something we are looking he will hopefully continue doing.

"Won't be an easy game. The Australians are a good side. We give them that respect. But at the end of the day, it is another cricket match where it is a contest between bat and ball. The team that handles pressure better and executes properly normally comes out on top. And we are hoping that it will be us tomorrow."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KISH on March 28, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    I was a big fan of West Indies. But, that batting against India was just horrible. I have never seen a team bat like that in any T20's. Just how can a T20 batsman score 11 off 29 balls and the other batsman just keep a strike rate of just 100 ? Just how can a T20 bowler bowl 3 overs for 3 runs when there are no wickets falling? If West Indies wants to treat their wickets as precious as they did in that match, they are better off playing test matches. I can understand if the run rate slows down if a team loses 3 or 4 early wickets in a T20. You got 11 batsmen to negotiate 20 overs. Please don't play it like you only got 2 wickets in hand. Just get out if you can't force the run rate.

  • Dummy on March 28, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    Its gonna be a tight match ahead.. Just to have element of surprise how about opening a bowling with Narine.. Just an over. Badree has been delivering but he is no longer a surprise move.. One need sme sutprise package to deceive Aus. In addition Ravi should be added to the side. Russel hasnt been delivering with the bat so give Ravi a chance to try his luck. He can be handful in coming matches...

  • mohammad on March 27, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    James faulkner said ...he does not particularly like wi players. Is he mad? i guess some ppl want the attention from media and he is one of them. simply school boy attitude. that was i feel extreemly rude. ofcourse we cant expect better behaviour from australian players. why cant they be a little gentle????

  • Android on March 27, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    go west indies go all the to defending our cup let the bat and the ball do the talking

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