Windies were always confident – Sammy

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy says West Indies were always confident they could defend 162 at the R. Premadasa Stadium, especially drawing on the experience from the final of the Twenty20 World Cup staged at the venue three years ago. The Caribbean side beat Sri Lanka for the first time on the current tour on Wednesday when they pulled off a 23-run victory in the second and final Twenty20 International here. Sammy said the Windies were cognisant of the fact that they beat Sri Lanka here in the T20 World Cup final defending an even smaller total. “The par score [here is] 150, and I think 170 has only ever been chased once,” Sammy told a media conference. “When we played the finals here, we scored 130-something and defended it, so that was a reminder for the guys going on to the field in the second half of the game.” He added: “Like I said, we had a good start [and] we controlled the power-play. They didn’t get off to a flyer. “They didn’t get used to one particular bowler. If you notice, the plan was to give one-over spells for the bowlers, and it worked, and we kept on taking wickets every time they looked like getting a partnership. So that was the key for us.” The victory for West Indies gave them a share of the series after they lost the opening T20 in Kandy by 30 runs on Monday. More important, it was their first win over Sri Lanka on tour and would have served as a boost for flagging morale, especially after having lost every game in the Test and one-day series. “It was good to end the series on a winning note. I think you could see the difference today after playing the first game, which we still thought we could have won, but we were coming from a long break from international cricket, but it shows how quickly we could learn and you could see it was a much more professional effort,” Sammy said. Charles and Fletcher put on 62 for the first wicket, and following a middle order slump, Ramdin struck an unbeaten 34 in a 41-run, fifth-wicket stand with Bravo, who stroked a run-a-ball 31. West Indies failed to find acceleration at the death and finished on 162 for six off their 20 overs, but Sammy said Sri Lanka’s seamers had to be commended for their excellent bowling later on. “They bowled really, really well at the end of the innings, but the work done by Charles and Fletcher at the top gave us that cushion, even if they bowled some good overs. “The key was to bat around Bravo, and I thought he and Ramdin stepped up the pace a little bit, and at the end of the day, 160 was enough to get the job done.”last_img read more

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TRANSFER ALERT! Juventus considering moves for Leicester and Newcastle stars

first_img N’Golo Kante and Moussa Sissoko during France training 1 Juventus will make a move for Leicester City star N’Golo Kante or Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko – after being priced out of a deal for Andre Gomes.The Italian champions have been tracking Gomes since the end of last season, but Valencia have refused to budge on their £40m asking price.?That amount is simply too much for Juve and they have decided to step aside in the race for the 22-year-old, leaving the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to fight it out.Instead, according to TMW, Juventus will now look to sign either Kante or Sissoko this summer.Kante has a release-clause of £20m in his current contract at Leicester, while Newcastle will let Sissoko go if someone coughs up £21m.Juventus are expected to decide which player they want to prioritise this week, before making a formal offer on Monday.last_img read more

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Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso signs new contract until 2023

first_img Marcos Alonso has signed a new deal with Chelsea Alonso has made a name for himself as one of the best attacking full-backs in the Premier League, having scored 15 goals and made 11 assists in 92 appearances for Chelsea.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract.“In the past two seasons he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.” Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has signed a new contract, the Premier League club have announced.The 27-year-old Spain international has penned a deal which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2023. 2 Left-back Alonso, who previously had spells in English football with Bolton and Sunderland, joined the Blues in the summer of 2016 from Fiorentina.He has lifted the Premier League title and FA Cup in a Chelsea shirt and tying down his future is a big boost for the club.“I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world,” said the Spaniard.“It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.” Alonso celebrates scoring against Arsenal in Chelsea’s victorious London derby in August 2last_img read more

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