Bruised West Indies fight to save series


Afp May 27, 2010

ROSEAU, DOMINICA: South Africa will look to exploit a weakened West Indies side and clinch an unbeatable lead in their One-Day International series at Windsor Park today.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith admitted his side has not quite reached their peak, but he was satisfied that they would enter the next two matches on the verge of another series victory.

“We’ve done pretty well so far in the series,” he said. “We’ve  kept our nerve, and done what we need to do to win the games. The pitches were very slow. We’ve built good partnerships, our running between the wickets has been good, and we’ve manipulated the fields well.”

For West Indies, Ramnaresh Sarwan has sustained a Grade 1 hamstring tear, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller will be sidelined with a side strain, and fast bowler Kemar Roach will rest a troublesome ankle.

West Indies captain Chris Gayle felt the replacements were more than capable.

“We had a few positives in the previous match and I’m hoping that we carry them into the match. The bowlers have been doing very well and they are bowling to experienced batsmen that know how to manipulate the ball.”

Published  in the Express Tribune, May 28th, 2010.

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