Basseterre (St Kitts): Jul 12, 2012
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said there was no need to press the panic button after his side collapsed to a disappointing 88-run defeat in the third One-Day International against New Zealand here at Warner Park.
Sammy on Wednesday reminded reporters that the West Indies had been outstanding in the series and said they were already focussing on the fourth match at the same venue in three days time, reports Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).
"I think New Zealand played really well. It was an off day for us and we have put it behind us and looking forward to getting back to our winning ways," Sammy said.
"Since we've been playing some good cricket, we won't let one game dampen the spirit of the boys. We have put it behind us and come Saturday … we will go out and play some good cricket."
West Indies, seeking a series-clinching 3-0 lead, restricted the Black Caps to 249 for nine off their allotted 50 overs, after winning the toss and electing to field.
In their turn, however, the Caribbean side lost wickets regularly and it was left to all-rounder Andre Russell, with a 42-off-24-balls cameo, to somewhat salvage the dented pride.
He was the only batsman to pass 20, with three batsmen getting run-out, as New Zealand fielded brilliantly.
"We were not surprised [by New Zealand's performance]. We're playing against an international team and we expect them to come out and perform," said Sammy.
"We've been winning since the series started in Florida and today they outclassed us in the field, they were much more positive.
"Most of our guys have been in good nick. Chasing 250, we should have gotten it. They (Black Caps) seemed to execute their plans better today and they were really, really good in the field. There were three run-outs and that always sets you on the back foot. The guys felt we could restrict them to a smaller total."
Sammy said West Indies had been pleased with the effort to restrict New Zealand's batting, which saw Russell getting his second four-wicket haul of the series. (IANS)