Friday 12th May, 2006


Lara pleased with WI victory

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Captain says team playing good cricketCASTRIES—For the first time in the series, West Indies captain Brian Lara was pleased with the way his side achieved victory over Zimbabwe in the one day series.

“It was something I was looking for since the beginning,” Lara said of the comprehensive 10-wicket thrashing in the fifth ODI of the seven-match series at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

“I told the guys if we are batting second, we should try to accomplish our target in 35 overs and if we are bowling second, we should at least win the game by 100 runs. Today it showed that we’ve done that, we’ve done it in style and by 10 wickets as well.”

West Indies restricted Zimbabwe to 151 all out in 49.2 overs and then plundered 156 without loss off 27.4 overs, with Chris Gayle smashing 95 and Sewnarine Chattergoon, 54.

Lara, newly installed as the regional captain, said he felt the team had improved since the series began in Antigua on April 29.

“I think we are playing good cricket. We were a bit slow in the field, but I still think we achieved what we wanted to,” Lara noted.

“The guys are batting well. Chris Gayle is heading into form and (though) we haven’t had a chance yet in terms of (Ramnaresh) Sarwan and myself to get big scores, hopefully, by the weekend in Trinidad, we can get those scores under our belt and be more confident going into the Indian series.”

West Indies lead the series 4-0, with two matches remaining.

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