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ICC World T20 2014: Darren Sammy credits West Indies bench strength after comprehensive win over Bangladesh

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Darren Sammy (Right) celebrates With pacer Krishmar Santokie after their thumping win over Bangladesh © Getty Images

Mirpur: Mar 25, 2014

West Indies brought their campaign back on track with a 73-run win over Bangladesh and skipper Darren Sammy said the huge victory will give a boost to their net runrate in the group of death of the ICC World T20 2014.

West Indies had lost their opening match against India by seven wickets in a tough Group 2, which also includes Australia and Pakistan.

“When you play cricket, the team that plays better wins.

Much better game for us. Chris and Smithy played well, then our bowlers bowled fantastically well,” Sammy said after the match.

“We started off really well, Smith had to really graft.

So he gave us the platform. The bowlers then bowled well. It is important that we won and it also boosted our Net Run Rate.”

Dashing batsman Chris Gayle shunned his attacking game and scored a run-a-ball 48 after opening the innings with Dwayne Smith (72) to set the foundation for West Indies total of 171 for seven.

Asked about Gayle, Sammy said, “Chris, this innings, he didn’t score at the strike rate which we are used to, but the fact that he was there was important. The Bangladesh captain brought Shakib very late because of him. In the next couple of games, i have no doubt he will get to his zone. I am not worried about him.”

Sammy also was happy with the bench-strength of his team. “The conditions are for slower bowling. [Krishmar] Santokie and [Samuel] Badree started off very well. It is hard to leave someone like Ravi Rampaul out, but you saw what Santokie did. It is good to have that sort of bench strength,” he said.

Smith, who was the Man of the Match, said, “We have a good bowling attack, so it was important to put the runs on the board. Well done to our bowlers and our fielders.

“We had a very bad first game so we went and spent time in the nets to work hard on our mistakes. I am glad to see that Santokie performed well and hope he goes from strength to strength,” he said.

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