Sammy eyes one-day response
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy is confident his players will bounce back strongly in the one-day series against Bangladesh.
Last Updated: 12/10/11 9:52am
West Indies captain Darren Sammy insists he is confident his players will bounce back strongly in the one-day series after opening the Bangladesh tour with a close defeat.
The tourists lost the one-off Twenty20 international by three wickets in a thrilling finish in Dhaka on Tuesday, with Bangladesh's new captain Mushfiqur Rahim smashing a six off the penultimate ball.
"This is the start of the tour, so we will regroup and come back," Sammy said ahead of the first one-dayer in Mirpur on Thursday.
"We have three one-dayers and two Test matches, so there is a lot to play for. We will look at the areas where we went wrong and lift our game for the upcoming matches."
Sammy was pleased with the form of Marlon Samuels, who produced a fine all-round performance to keep West Indies in with a chance of starting their tour with a win.
Samuels top-scored with a career-best 58 to help his side post 132-8 and then dismissed key batsmen Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful with his off-spin to reduce the hosts to 71-5.
However, inspired by captain Mushfiqur's unbeaten 41, the Tigers clawed their way to a nail-biting win.
"It was good to see the way Marlon performed. He is playing very well at the moment and is doing his bit with the bat and ball," said Sammy.
"Hats off to Mushfiqur. We know Bangladesh are a good team and they held their nerve better than we did."
Mushfiqur praised his team for delivering under pressure in his first match as captain.
"This was my first match as captain and I couldn't have asked for more. It was a team effort and I'm really happy," he said.
"In the last over, I had the confidence that if I got the ball in my zone then I could hit it for a four or six. Fortunately, that is what happened."
The West Indies are likely to include leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo in their starting XI for the three-match one-day series.
The hosts will be without vice-captain Mohammad Mahmudullah, who is suffering from a viral fever.
Bangladesh have won just three of their 17 one-day internationals against the West Indies.