North Sound, Antigua, June 12: After losing the all-important third one-dayer against India and with it, the 5-match series, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his team lacked the ability to deal the knock-out punch after having India on the back foot at 92/6 chasing 226. He did however, recognise that Andre Russell had given his side a real fighting chance with his 92 off 64 balls.
"It is a game that got away from us. Russell brought us back along with Baugh. Our guys were confident during lunch, but we lacked the killer instinct after taking early wickets," Sammy stated.
Sammy conceded that the batsmen haven't been performing very confidently. About his team's bowling, he did say that he expected a bit more from fast bowler Kemar Roach.
"We have not been getting runs at the top. We just lacked the finishing touch. About our bowling, Kemar is one of our strike bowlers and we needed a bit extra from him. But I can''t fault anyone, he has been doing a good job over the past months. If you put the ball in the right areas, you could reap rewards on this wicket."
Man of the match Andre Russell stated that he was upbeat and confident from the very beginning of his innings, even though he came in when the Windies were in tatters at 96/7. "Myself and Carlton Baugh told each other that we should try to just bat as long as possible. I take my batting seriously although I would consider myself as a bowling all-rounder. I am trying to balance both departments as I want to be called a legend once I retire from international cricket."