WI aim to fire on all cylinders
Audley Boyd, Assistant Editor - Sports
West Indies captain Darren Sammy is promising his team will be firing on all cylinders when they face Bangladesh in the one-off Dhaka Bank T20 International tonight.
First ball is 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Jamaica time).
"The side is powerful, and once we fire on all cylinders, we're always going to be a destructive force," Sammy said on the eve of the match.
West Indies made a clean sweep of the three-match Dhaka Bank One-Day International Series and Sammy believes they have the ability to make it four wins in a row when the two teams meet at Warner Park.
"It's a format in which we've done well," Sammy said. "We've been champions (World) of that format so we have to continue to show that we're very good in this format ... and bring that exciting brand of cricket that the world loves to see West Indians play."
The team completed a 3-0 ODI series whitewash over Bangladesh with a 91-run victory at Warner Park in Monday's day-night game, with wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin blasting a record 169 off 121 deliveries.
"The one-day team set the tone by winning all their matches ... and for this one-off T20, that's the main focus," Sammy said.
The West Indies team is loaded with power hitters, starting with opening batsman Chris Gayle, along with Kieron Pollard, André Russell, and Sammy. Even though he doesn't pack the same muscle, wicketkeeper Ramdin showed that he has the capability to smash the ball far, as he unloaded 11 sixes in his innings on Monday night when he scored the highest-ever total by a West Indies wicketkeeper in ODIs, the third-highest total by a West Indian batsman, equal with Brian Lara.
"Denesh has been playing really, really well, and I think we've finally found a position for him where he could really express himself as a one-day and T20 player. Batting at number four or five is tremendous!" exclaimed Sammy. "He has played responsibly in the one-day series and I expect him to do the same in this one-off T20."
The West Indies players are fresh from playing T20 cricket as the Caribbean Premier League ended only recently, with the final set of matches at this very same ground in St Kitts.