Calcutta: The West Indies lost the first ODI, against India, in Port of Spain, on Monday. But on a day when the Indians dominated, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels showed the fighting spirit of the hosts as both the batsmen hit half-centuries to rescue their side after a poor start.
While Sarwan made 56, Samuels added 55 and the duo together put up a 82-run fourth wicket partnership.
After the match, Sarwan, however, conceded that not putting up more runs on the board made things easier for the Indians. Sarwan said that a bigger score could have posed more problems for the India batsmen.
It was pretty tough early up, but once we got set it became a bit easy to bat… Marlon and myself, we got starts, but we did not quite carry on. I was looking to get a much bigger score for the team and set a bigger target, Sarwan said.
Sarwan said he was still working on his fitness and was yet to get back to his fluent self. Im still not my fluent self, but I will go back to the nets… There are a few things I have to work on and be ready for the next match. From here on, I will be looking to improve even more and do better for the team, Sarwan said.