North Sound (Antigua), June 10: His side may have gone 0-2 down in the 5-match ODI series against India and have just come off a poor counter performance to the leg-spin of a certain Amit Mishra who ensnared 4/31, but West Indies captain Darren Sammy has given his batsmen the proverbial pat on the back.
Looking to derive positives from the second game, he observed that his batters had upped their game considerabely and shown the right intent while negotiating the turn and guile of Indian spin twins Harbhajan Singh and Mishra.
Sammy however, said that the home side had not perfected thier strategy as yet and that there was still work to be done in terms of carrying the innings forward and rounding it off with a more competitive total.
"We got ourselves in a good position, but we didn't capitalise in the end, and again were about 30 runs short," he said.
But he said that there was marked improvement from the first one-dayer and that the side had garnered some momentum and demonstrated a fair bit of resolve.
"We played much better, and we rotated the strike much better. Our guys got themselves some stats, but we didn't get one of the top six batsmen to bat through the innings, " Sammy went on. "We lost wickets at crucial times during the game, so we were on the back foot in the latter part of the overs. The intent from the batsmen was good initially."
The third ODI will be played on Saturday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.