West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels said yesterday that the Caribbean team will rebound against New Zealand when they face them tomorrow in their final match of the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights.
The West Indies could only manage 129 for five in their 20 overs yesterday and lost by nine wickets to hosts Sri Lanka with 28 balls remaining. Samuels top-scored with 50 off 35 balls.
Yesterday's result left West Indies third in the group behind leaders Sri Lanka (on points) and England (on net run rate).
"We were caught a little on the back foot today by the way the pitch played and they way they bowled," Samuels admitted " ... but we will put this defeat behind us and look forward to bigger and better things against New Zealand.
"We are still positive and we are looking forward to Monday's game. We won't be taking anything for granted, even though we beat them quite convincingly in all three formats when we played against them in the Caribbean recently."
Samuels added: "This is a different part of the world we're playing in now and despite the fact that they lost two matches (in the Super Eights stage), they are playing some good cricket and cannot be taken lightly. I'm sure our team will come with their A-game."
The all-rounder has developed two minor injuries, which have reduced his bowling quota; but he said nothing will stop him from playing in the remainder of the tournament. He has a sore right shoulder and slight pain in his left elbow, but battled hard against England last Thursday and again against Sri Lanka.