West Indies trumped England by 27 runs in the first T20 © Getty Images
Bridgetown (Barbados): Mar 11, 2014
The West Indies are bracing for a backlash from England when the two teams square off in the second Twenty20 International of the three-match series at Kensington Oval.
The Caribbean side played superbly to pull off a convincing 27-run victory in Sunday’s opener, outplaying the visitors in every aspect of the game before a sold-out crowd. A win Tuesday will give the West Indies the series.
However, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin said Monday that they expected England to hit back strongly.
“It’s a good feeling when you win cricket matches. We are a very good T20 team and have explosive guys at the top, in our lower order and with Chris Gayle back in the team, it’s a boost for us,” he said.
“England have won [World T20] already in the Caribbean so they aren’t going to take this [defeat] lightly. They’re going to come back strong. We need to come up with our ‘A’ game again.”
Ramdin was all praise for both batting and bowling of his team in the first T20I.
“We have batters that can chase down any scores and we have bowlers who can defend decent targets. The Sunil Narines, Dwayne Bravos, Ravi Rampauls have been in tremendous form for the last 6-7 months for us. Our batting has been letting us down but in this format, once all the guys get going, you know how dangerous they are,” said the Trinidadian.
Ramdin, who has come under fire recently for his form with the bat, answered his critics with a maiden one-day century last week. He said he had been working hard at his fitness in order to improve his batting.
“It is always good as a batsman to go out there and get runs. I will put it down to a lot of hard work but no one sees the hard work you do, just the results at the end. To keep 50 overs and then go and bat is very difficult. I’m trying to work a lot more in the gym and get fitter and stronger and hopefully I can carry on for a few more years.”