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Sammy pins hopes on Narine

Sunil Narine (left) celebrates the fall of Ed Joyce’s (right) wicket.

COLOMBO – West Indies captain Darren Sammy singled out Sunil Narine as his side’s key man after they reached the Super Eights at the World Twenty20 today.

Spinner Narine has carved out a niche for himself in the shortest form of the game, both in the IPL and for West Indies at international level.

He took 1-21 from his four overs in the Group B finale to help limit Ireland to a total of 129-6 in a match reduced to 19 overs by rain.

West Indies, who like Ireland had lost their opening game of the tournament to Australia, did not get the chance to start their run chase due to further rain at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The no-result meant West Indies advanced alongside group winners Australia, Ireland missed out on net run- rate.West Indies are back in action on Thursday against England in Pallekele and Sammy thinks Narine could cause problems to England’s batting line-up, which capitulated to India’s spinners last time out.

“This is the Super Eight and they are very important games but we do fancy our chances (against England),” Sammy said.

“A strong point for us is the belief we have in the dressing room that once we play to our full potential the quality we have we could go all the way. But we have got to take it one game at a time.

“We did what we had to today to get through to the next stage and we’ve got to focus again and hope to come through the Super Eights into the semi-finals.”

On Narine, Sammy added: “I think that will be the first time England will be playing him when the wicket offers him some assistance.

“The last time we played in England the wickets were not friendly to Narine so we know any turn or any wicket that offers some assistance he can be a handful so we’ll look and see what happens.” (Sky)

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