2011
04.29

Bridgetown, Barbados – Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul was awesome with the ball and bowled his way into the hearts of West Indies fans at Kensington Oval, on Thursday – National Heroes Day.

The lion-hearted effort of 4-34 from nine overs was however not enough to prevent the Windies from going down for the third time in the Digicel One-Day Series.

The bowlers were asked to defend 171 in 45 overs and Rampaul put his hand up as Pakistan were made to work hard for their 177-7 from 40.1 overs. The visitors won by three wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match rubber.

“When I went out I realised the pitch was offering extra bounce and some movement and I decided to exploit it. I knew we made a low total so I had to be spot on from the start. I knew if we were going to win the match we had to take all 10 wickets so I was looking to bowl Pakistan out,” Rampaul said after the match.

“I was hitting my areas from the start and I was feeling really good in my body and in my mind. When I got the first two wickets I knew we were in with a huge chance and I decided I would go right through to the end and try to finish the job for the team. I felt I did a good job but the disappointing thing was that we lost the match.”

Operating from the Malcolm Marshall End at the south, Rampaul got wickets with his first two balls to get the crowd into the match. Among those in the stands was legend Sir Garfield Sobers, Barbados’ only living National Hero.

“We lost the match and Pakistan won the Series, but we won’t fall apart. We are getting closer to winning and we all want to taste that winning feeling. We have two more matches left in this series and we will be playing to win. We still believe we can do the job,” Rampaul said.

The fourth Digicel ODI will be played at Kensington Oval on Monday – a public holiday for May Day. First ball is 9.30 am (8.30 am Jamaica Time).

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  1. @WICRICNEWS

    From the match in the World Cup, which was one of the best spells I have seen from a West Indian pacer for quite some time, to yesterday very good performance.

    The selectors have to try new things, and I have some support for that, but the manner in which it is done is the problem for me. Apart from GSSgate issue, Rampaul took a 3for in the T20 and was not selected again until the third ODI, why?

    The years were rolled back yesterday with some aggressive bowling, up to 90mph, with great lines and aggression. Akmal’s dismissal was pure genius so I applaud this effort although, as expected, we lost.

    Once again Bishoo put his hands up as did Simmons and Lil Bravo.

    The best team available was selected and in fact it is the team I suggested but it showed how imbalanced this team is with Sammy as a specialist keeper would have had Misbah stumped when not on many runs. Simmons did what was asked of him and he did a good job.

    Although the rest of the batsmen are failing, when you get a good start you need to push on and learn from the patience shown by Misbah. Simmons did give it away much like he did in the last ODI and Lil Bravo have to stop missing straight balls by playing around his pads. It is not the first time I have seen either him or others get out this way.

    They have selected a squad, and although it is not the strongest available, so they should stick with it. In my view Martin, Smith, Samuels and Edwards should make way but if the selectors believe these are the best players then they should stick with them.

    I am perplexed at Martin’s inclusion unless they saw him as a replacement for Bishoo as soon as he had a bad game. Otherwise why include two leg spinners instead of an off spinner?

    I am a big fan of Smith as I think when on song his orthodox approach and timing are exquisite but he is not really of the required standard. Even if the squad is changed, he will remain as they say Barath is still yet to fully recover from his hamstring injury.

    Edwards need time to adapt but he has not shown signs of being ready for International cricket. To be fair to Edwards and any new players, a lot of West Indian players take time to adapt as they are not professional Cricketers of old.

    @WICRICNEWS

    From the match in the World Cup, which was one of the best spells I have seen from a West Indian pacer for quite some time, to yesterday very good performance.

    The selectors have to try new things, and I have some support for that, but the manner in which it is done is the problem for me. Apart from GSSgate issue, Rampaul took a 3for in the T20 and was not selected again until the third ODI, why?

    The years were rolled back yesterday with some aggressive bowling, up to 90mph, with great lines and aggression. Akmal’s dismissal was pure genius so I applaud this effort although, as expected, we lost.

    Once again Bishoo put his hands up as did Simmons and Lil Bravo.

    The best team available was selected and in fact it is the team I suggested but it showed how imbalanced this team is with Sammy as a specialist keeper would have had Misbah stumped when not on many runs. Simmons did what was asked of him and he did a good job.

    Although the rest of the batsmen are failing, when you get a good start you need to push on and learn from the patience shown by Misbah. Simmons did give it away much like he did in the last ODI and Lil Bravo have to stop missing straight balls by playing around his pads. It is not the first time I have seen either him or others get out this way.

    They have selected a squad, and although it is not the strongest available, so they should stick with it. In my view Martin, Smith, Samuels and Edwards should make way but if the selectors believe these are the best players then they should stick with them.

    I am perplexed at Martin’s inclusion unless they saw him as a replacement for Bishoo as soon as he had a bad game. Otherwise why include two leg spinners instead of an off spinner?

    I am a big fan of Smith as I think when on song his orthodox approach and timing are exquisite but he is not really of the required standard. Even if the squad is changed, he will remain as they say Barath is still yet to fully recover from his hamstring injury.

    Edwards need time to adapt but he has not shown signs of being ready for International cricket. To be fair to Edwards and any new players, a lot of West Indian players take time to adapt as they are not professional Cricketers of old.

    Samuels is the biggest disappointment and although he has been out of International Cricket for a couple of years, a massive first class season and over 100 ODIs to his name, you would expect better. This is Pakistan’s second string attack so I would have expected more fluency from him. So whilst you might, reasonably, argue that Edwards and even Martin should be given a longer run, I cannot see the argument for Samuels as his temperament and mental strength seems lost.

    Roach seems to be on a hiatus for some reason and although he bowled well enough within himself, he continues wicket less for the last 3 matches and there are times his pace seems quite low by his standards. I would hate to think they are playing him with an injury.

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