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Sammy: No reason for panic

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DHAKA—West Indies captain Darren Sammy said Sunday there was no need to press the panic button, in the wake of his side’s loss in their opening match of the World Twenty20 Championship.


The Caribbean side produced an insipid performance at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium to plunge to a disappointing seven-wicket loss to India, and stumble in the first hurdle of their title defence. They will meet hosts Bangladesh in their second game today.


Chris Gayle struggled with 34 off 33 balls while Lendl Simmons got 27, as West Indies were restricted to 129 for seven off their 20 overs.


India then paced their innings nicely to reach their target with two balls to spare, with opener Rohit Sharma (62 not out) and Virat Kohli (54) getting half-centuries.


“We just didn’t respond well enough to their spinners—round one goes to India. I have a strong feeling that we will meet again, so we are looking forward to that. They used the conditions quite well. It’s a fact that we just didn’t bat well. We didn’t bat well and we still got to 130,” Sammy said.


He added: “It is no need for us to panic. We have three more first round games to go in the tournament against Bangladesh, Australia and Pakistan and we back ourselves to win all three and reach the semi-finals. We are here to defend our title and we will give our all.” CMC