Kingstown: Mar 20, 2012
Exciting off-spinner Sunil Narine says the West Indies' big win over Australia in the second One-Day International will serve as a huge boost as the team prepares for the third match of the five-match series on Tuesday.
The West Indies snapped a five-year drought against Australia when they pulled off a sensational five-wicket win at Arnos Vale with 10 balls left in a contest reduced to 40 overs per side because of rain interruptions.
Narine, who only made his international debut last December, played a key role snaring four for 27 to put the brakes on the Australian scoring late in the innings.
"It feels really great to get my best figures in just my fifth match and bowl the team to a victory," the beanpole Trinidadian said.
"We needed this win after going 1-0 down in the first match Friday. This will be a huge boost for the players in the team and everyone in the dressing room. This is the first West Indies win over Australia in a long time and it shows that we have it in us to win."
Chasing 158 for victory, West Indies lost opener Kieran Powell to the first ball of the innings but Kieron Pollard smashed an unbeaten 47 and Dwayne Bravo got 30, to lead the Windies to victory.
The capacity crowd at Arnos Vale cheered the Windies every run, and the value of their support was not lost on Narine.
"It was amazing. It felt special to have a big crowd cheering us on. This is just my second 'home' match for West Indies and I felt really motivated to go out there and perform," Narine said.
Narine again proved a handful for the Australians, bowling an unforgiving length and providing precious little scoring opportunities.
He is expected to be a key member of the attack again and says the side would be looking to improve even further on their last performance.
"It was not an easy wicket to score on. The batsmen were found it a bit difficult to get away the ball and I knew once I kept to the game plan I could create problems," he explained.
The series is currently locked 1-1.(IANS)