NZ match, a must-win for us: Sammy

Oct 01, 2012, 08:26 IST | AFP

After a nine-wicket loss to Sri Lanka, West Indies captain Darren Sammy is desperate to get the better of New Zealand today to keep their semi-final hopes alive

“Now the New Zealand game is a must-win for us,” Sammy said on Saturday. 

Earlier, Ajantha Mendis took 2-12 in his four overs while Jeeven Mendis claimed 1-12 as the West Indies, who won the toss and opted to bat, found it hard to score freely in their 20 overs after batting first.

Darren Sammy

Marlon Samuels (50) and Dwayne Bravo (40) were the main run-getters, lifting their team through a 65-run third wicket partnership after West Indies lost Chris Gayle (two) and Johnson Charles (12) at the same score of 16. Regarding the match, Sammy added: “We are always a boundary hitting team but the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled fuller and we didn’t do that enough.”

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor felt the target they set for England was not enough. “I thought it was a decent score but not enough at the end of the day. We had our moments but we couldn’t capitalise on them,” said Taylor.

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