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Hope we can be consistent, says Dwayne

Dhaka: Dwayne Smith is hoping Chris Gayle will get back his rhythm at some point during the tournament. Gayle scored a run-a-ball 48 on Tuesday, but never looked to be in great touch.

The Man of the Match also felt that the West Indies need to be consistent in order to successfully defend their World T20 title.

The following are excerpts

Dwayne Smith: It was a drier wicket compared to the one we played on against India. We had a job to do and decided to back ourselves and stay positive… Wish Chris (Gayle) batted a little better, but we bowled well.

The Indians had bowled a lot better and so we struggled in the previous match. But we worked hard in the nets and the results are showing. Getting a good start was important and we got it today.

Hope we can be consistent… Batting first or second doesn’t matter… Whatever the circumstances, you have to bat or bowl well. I’m sure Chris will get the runs at some point… He’ll get good scores and score fluently. We have a good bowling attack, so it was important to put the runs on the board. Well done to our bowlers and our fielders. I am glad to see that Santokie performed well and hope he continues doing well.

Mushfiqur Rahim: It was important to bat well… But unfortunately we didn’t do that today… We didn’t get a good start… The fielding was bad and we gave away at least 20 extra runs… It’s been very disappointing. Nothing is working in our favour.

We need a couple of good performances to lift our spirits and the standard. We made four changes to our squad today and wanted to get the combination right. But nothing seemed to work in our favour… We should play 40 over competitive cricket and that should be the main challenge.

At the back of our minds, our confidence is low because of poor performances of late. Some of the players are also too confident of their places and all that is being reflected on the field.

They can’t play with a free mind. If 5/6 players can’t perform to potential, it’s a major disadvantage… We need to reduce the pressure on the juniors and back them. I really feel sorry for the crowd who support us… Hopefully we can come up with some enterprising performances.