Afridi: It was a team win
Shahid Afridi was delighted with Pakistan¿s all round performance after they earned victory against West Indies.
Last Updated: 24/04/11 11:52am
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was delighted with his side's all round performance after they earned victory in the opening one day international against West Indies.
Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Hafeez all coasted to half centuries as the visitors reached their target of 222 in a comfortable eight wicket win.
But it was Pakistan's spin bowling trio of Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi who laid the foundations after tying down the West Indian batsmen in the middle overs as the home side posted 221-6.
Afridi said: "I was very happy when West Indies won the toss and chose to bat because I thought the pitch would help our spinners.
"I think our spinners have been doing a great job for us in the last few months, and they again set things up for us.
"The way the openers Mohammed Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad played was also good to see and then the partnership between Misbah and Asad brought us home.
"It was good cricket all round."
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, whose team also lost to the same opponents in last month's World Cup quarter finals, admitted his batsmen would have to find new ways of overcoming Pakistan's spin kings.
He said: "We put ourselves in a hole when we were batting, and the spinners were bowling, so we really have to come better in the next game.
"I was surprised to see the pitch offer so much turn and bounce, but I will back our guys. We will put in the hard work at practice and come back.
"We may need to show more intent in our approach. We have a new batting coach and he has been doing some good work.
"But we can't lose sight of us reaching 221 coming from our position in the middle of the innings. Hopefully we can improve on this next time."