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Sammy pleased with improved bowling

Sri Lanka,Sports, Tue, 25 Sep 2012 IANS

Colombo, Sep 25 (IANS/CMC) West Indies cricket captain Darren Sammy says he is pleased with the "much improved performance" of his bowlers following their win over Ireland in the World Twenty20 championships.

Windies bowlers kept the Irish in check to limit them to just 129-6 off 19 overs in the match Monday cut short by the inclement weather, reports CMC.

Sammy had special praise for Ravi Rampaul, who was good at the start of the innings and at the death, and Chris Gayle, who had his first bowl in international cricket this year.

"I back our bowlers to come good. This was a much improved performance from the last game (against Australia)," said Sammy.

"Big up to Ravi the way he came back in this game. He must have been a little down on confidence but the mettle he showed out there tonight is good for us going forward in the tournament."

The Windies were accurate from the very first ball when Fidel Edwards knocked over the stumps of William Porterfield at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Chris Gayle led the bowling with two wickets with his quick off-spin and brought the crowd to life with the new "Gangnam Style" dance.

Fidel Edwards, Rampaul, Sammy and spinner Sunil Narine all picked up a wicket to help maintain the pressure.

"To have Gayle bowling in international cricket for the first time after a while, came out good for us, so we have a lot of bowling options and I back my bowlers to restrict teams," Sammy said.

The West Indies never got a chance to start their reply as the heavy showers forced the officials to call off the match.

The result allowed the Caribbean side to qualify for the Super Eights stage - as they finished the preliminary round second behind Australia in Group B.

"The first goal was to reach the Super Eights and we have achieved that. Now we need to start off well against England," said Sammy.

"This is the business end of the tournament and we mean business. We have not played a lot, we have not played a full match yet, so we have a lot left in us."

The West Indies will travel to Kandy Tuesday where they will play all three Super Eights matches at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

They will have a full training session Wednesday morning before their first match against defending champions England Thursday.

--IANS/CMC

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