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Khan pleased with WI men

By JOEL BAILEY Thursday, March 27 2014

OMAR KHAN, the former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies manager, is pleased with the regional team’s 73-run victory over hosts Bangladesh, in their ICC T20 World Cup Group Two duel yesterday.

Man of the Match Dwayne Smith made 72 and fellow opener Chris Gayle scored 48 as the West Indies posted 171 runs for seven wickets. In reply, Bangladesh were bundled out for 98 in 19.1 overs with leg- spinner Samuel Badree getting four wickets for 15 runs, while left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie (3/17), pacer Andre Russell (2/10) and off- spinner Sunil Narine (1/17) got the other scalps.

“It was a good victory,” said Khan. “There were some areas that they still need to be a little more clinical but at the end of the day, it’s a confidence-boosting victory to get them back on track in terms of, as the defending champions, trying to reclaim the trophy. At least it should build a lot of confidence back in the team with that performance.”

He continued, “Dwayne Smith was back to his best, almost his best, and that’s good to see at the top of the order. Chris Gayle wasn’t typical Chris Gayle but at least he was there (almost) until the end and he played an important role in his innings, to build a formidable total. At the end of the day, it’s good to see the guys winning.”

Khan was also high in praise for Dwayne Bravo, who had a good display in the field with two excellent catches.

He stated, “you could see that they were pumped up and really wanting to win this game, and that was important. It’s all about the guys believing in themselves and there’s no question of the ability of the guys. It’s they believing in themselves and with the right attitude, playing sensible cricket that will get them to be more successful.”

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