At the end of the powerplay, West Indies were 78 without loss—the most runs ever conceded by India in a T20 powerplay.
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Badree: Accuracy, variation the key
T&T and West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree says that accuracy and variation is what is needed for success in T20 cricket.
Badee enjoed a brilliant birthday on Sunday when he grabbed 3/17 to take the West Indies to a 27-run victory in the first T20 international at Kensington Oval.
Speaking to the media he said: “It is good to contribute to a team effort and I am very happy that I could have done that on a very special day for me. We had a good allround game in batting, bowling and fielding and this has given us a chance to take this series. Hopefully we can close it out in game two and win the series.
“West Indies have a funny way of winning the first match and losing the next two in three-match series, so we are looking to stop that when we meet England in the second match.
On his performance in the first game he said : “It worked out for us as England lost early wickets and could not come back. Today was my day in terms of having the accuracy and getting the variation going. You can’t be too predictable in T20 cricket.”
Badree, the PowerGen player, was also full of praise for Denesh Ramdin saying that his countryman is top class. “Ramdin is a top class wicketkeeper and has worked with me over the years. He is very agile and was able to get two early stumpings off my bowling.”
Looking ahead at the World T20 in which the West Indies will be defending their title in Bangladesh, Badree said, “Without looking too far ahead we need to gain the confidence by winning matches, so when we go down there we can hold our own. We have some very explosive batsmen and also some very good bowlers, so once we give everybody a run going into that World Cup and they arrive there confident we will do well.”
West Indies open their World Cup defence against India on March 23 in Dhaka.