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Sammy praises Windies bowlers
Tuesday 08 November 2011

Buoyant West Indies skipper Darren Sammy praised his bowlers for bundling out a strong Indian batting line-up for a meagre total, and said they would be looking to set a 350-plus target for the home team.

"Our bowlers did a great job today to bowl India out (for 209). Considering the slow and low pitch, the plan was to bowl at the right areas and from wicket-to-wicket. We stuck to the plan," Sammy said at the end of the second day's play.

"It was not a perfect day for us but we supported each other and played fearless cricket and it paid off," he said, as the Caribbean side increased their lead to 116 runs with eight second-innings wickets still in hand.

Asked about any target his side would like to set for India in the fourth innings, Sammy said, "We want to score minimum of 250 runs in our second innings and set 350-plus for India as they have very good batsmen in their ranks."

"We expect India to come hard on us. We will play fearless cricket and if we stick to our plan, we can come on top," said the 28-year-old all-rounder.

Fast bowler Fidel Edwards denied Sachin Tendulkar his long-awaited 100th international century by dismissing the Indian batting maestro for just seven, and Sammy said it was a planned decision.

"Fidel was our strike bowler and he was bowling very well. So I thought why should not I give the ball to my best bowler to bowl at their premier batsman," he said.

He refused to buy the line that his inexperience bowling attack lacked the firepower to take 20 wickets to win a Test.

"It's not like that. We bowled out India four times when they last visited us and our bowlers have the capability to do that," he said.

Sammy also praised Indian left-arm spinner, Pragyan Ojha, who took six wickets and played a major role in dismissing the West Indies for 304 in their first innings.

"Whenever West Indies play, there is this question of a left-arm spinner doing well against us. We will watch the footage how he bowls and plan accordingly in our second innings tomorrow. Hopefully, we can play better against him (in second innings)," added the Caribbean skipper.

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