Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 21st 2015 Contents Neither Sunil Narine nor Andre
Russell played a major role as
Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers set
up their third win in four games,
restricting Delhi Daredevils to 146
for 8 before Gautam Gambhir made
his third half-century in four
innings to consign the hosts to their
ninth successive defeat in the IPL
Narine s four overs went for 38
while Russell bowled three overs for
21 runs as the Daredevils crashed for
146, with only Manesh Tiwary
showing fight with 32.
Tiwary and Yuvraj Singh (21)
added 37 for the fourth wicket, the
highest partnership of the game for
Angelo Mathews helped Daredevils
take 43 off the last five overs, includ-
ing 20 off Narine in the 19th. The
offspinner had bowled a couple of
tight overs before but was repeatedly
slogged over midwicket at the death
by Mathews and Kedar Jadhav.
Umesh Yadav did not let Daredevils
go past 150, giving away just three
in the final over.
Gambhir and Robin Uthappa were
in control of the chase when Domnic
Joseph removed the latter and Man-
ish Pandey in fifth over, both bats-
men trying to force boundaries but
failing to clear the fielders.
Suryakumar Yadav clubbed a few
boundaries to add 48 with Gambhir,
but it was the Knight Riders captain
who piloted the chase. Putting away
loose deliveries off his pads and find-
ing gaps through the off side, Gamb-
hir put Knight Riders on course.
Gambhir s fourth-wicket stand of
65 with Yusuf Pathan sealed it for
Knight Riders. Yusuf did not look
too comfortable at the start, but he
lashed out at short balls, and stayed
unbeaten on 40 off 26.
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"So once he gets an opportunity tomorrow and over the next
five days, he can do the job for the team which is to pick up wickets.
He s a bowler who likes to bowl and he will enjoy this opportu-
West Indies will depend heavily, though, on their faster bowlers
all of whom were impressive during the first Test. The new ball
pair of Jerome Taylor and Roach swung the ball to trouble the
English batsmen while Holder was also steady as the third
While pleased with their outing, Ramdin said he wanted
them to be still more clinical, especially in closing
"Every time you go out there and play
and have a new ball in your hand as a
fast bowler, as a captain you want them
to take early wickets and they have
done that so far," he said.
"In this series I would like them
to continue to do that and try and
finish off the lower order. It s
very important to do that. You
don t want the lower order
to come and create that
big partnership and try
and put you out of the
As they proved in
the opening Test,
England will be
more than a
Ian Bell and rookie left-hander Gary Ballance both got solid hundreds
while Joe Root and Ben Stokes also gathered half centuries.
New ball bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad will lead
the attack again with off-spinner Moeen Ali, drafted into the
touring party following the Antigua Test, also expected to make
the final XI.
Ramdin, however, urged his side to stay calm
over the next five days, stressing that West Indies
had the ability to upset the English once they
"I think we need to be more patient at times
and show more energy in the field. Sometimes
we go all out when we can just relax a bit and
enjoy the game, rather than fighting the game
too much," Ramdin stressed.
"I believe we are capable of winning Test
matches and once we get one in this series
under your belt it will be fantastic and
put the English on the back foot."
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 21, 2015
ST GEORGE'S---Ian Bell says West Indies
fightback in the first Test last week came
as no surprise to the England side.
Starting the final day on 98 for two in
pursuit of 438 for victory, West Indies
slumped to 162 for five at lunch at the Vivian
Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua before
recovering to reach 350 for seven at the
"I m not surprised at all. We knew the
kind of cricket we were going to be play-
ing---attrition, going to go five days," said
Bell who hit 143 in the first innings to rack
up his 22nd Test hundred.
"I certainly didn t turn up here expecting
for them to roll over and this to be an easy
series. You never expect that in any inter-
national cricket, let alone a Test team.
"I expected competition. Last time I was
here I sat on the sidelines but they were
long five-day Test matches; it was hard to
get 20 wickets and I expected exactly the
England, under pressure to get a positive
result in the series, face West Indies in the
second Test which bowls off here today.
And with the pitch at the Grenada
National Stadium expected to another flat
one, Bell said it was important that England
found new ways to bowl West Indies out
"There s talk of there being a bit more
bounce here than in Antigua. West Indies
swung the new ball nicely in both innings---
so we have to use the new ball well and get
a few wickets early---and we re going to have
to change our plans, get a lot of men in
front of the bat," the experienced right-
"Moeen (Ali) is back in the squad, which
gives us options, but we ll have to work out
a formula in the next couple of days which
helps us get 20 wickets."
Moeen, an off-spinning all-rounder, was
not named in the original tour party but
arrived in the Caribbean to join the squad
for the second Test.
Bell, meanwhile, is one of the squad s
senior players with over 7 000 runs, an
average of 45, and 106 Tests. He was named
vice-captain for the series, a responsibility
which he relishes.
"It s nice to have that responsibility, offi-
cially as well," he noted. (CMC)
Ramdin: Veterans must step up
...says Bell on eve of second Test
Windies fightback no shock Cook remains
in the heat
England captain Alastair Cook believes
he is still improving as a batsman, despite
his long wait for a Test hundred following
him to Grenada.
Cook is the country s leading century
maker with 25, but has not reached three
figures since May 2013---a gap of 33 Test
innings and counting.
He has three scores of 70 or more in his
last four Tests, but cricket s obsession with
landmarks means he will not be free from
questions about his own form until he ticks
off a 26th ton.
His next chance comes today when Eng-
land take on the West Indies in the second
Test in St George s, looking to improve on
an attritional draw in Antigua.
Cook admits he took to studying old
footage of his technique earlier in the year
and although he spotted differences along
the way, he is happier than ever with his
"I did have a look back in early February
and watched a little a bit and it has changed
quite a lot," he said.
"It s evolutionary, if you tried to go back
to exactly what you did it would probably
be really unnatural.
"You re always constantly trying to tinker
with technique. You might fall into certain
habits at times throughout your career...that
is the batters charter in one sense, you re
always tinkering a little bit.
"But the most important thing is that
when you re out in the middle you re not
concentrating too much on technique,
you re concentrating on what is important:
that ball coming down to you in the sit-
uation and conditions you re in.
"I d like to think my game has improved
over time, I definitely believe it has, it s
"But I m desperate to set the tone well
at the top of the order.
"It s always important, every time you
play for England.
"As a top order batter it s great to score
runs and help England win."
As skipper, Cook is never free to con-
centrate solely on his own game and must
also plot the course to victory.
England had the better of things at the
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium last week, but
came up three wickets short on the final
day as the pitch failed to deteriorate.
Narine, Russell quiet as KKR stifle Daredevils
Devendra Bishoo goes through
his paces during West Indies
training at Grenada National
Cricket Stadium, St George's
yesterday. PHOTO WICB MEDIA
(captain), Kraigg Brathwaite,
Devon Smith, Darren Bravo,
Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine
Blackwood, Jason Holder,
Jerome Taylor, Kemar
SCORES: Kolkata Knight
Riders 147 for 4 (Gambhir 60,
Yusuf 40 n.o) beat Delhi
Daredevils 146 for 8 (Umesh 2-
18, Chawla 2-27) by six wickets.
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