Best thrilled at role in series victory

July 16th, 2012 - 3:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Ross Taylor Basseterre (St Kitts), July 16 (IANS/CMC) Fast bowler Tino Best said he knew his second spell in Saturday’s fourth One-Day International against New Zealand would have been crucial to the West Indies’ hopes of a victory.

The right-armer leaked runs in his three-over first spell that cost 23 runs but returned to bowl superbly and take three for 23 from seven overs, as the West Indies beat the Kiwis by 24 runs to take a winning 3-1 lead in the five-match series, reports CMC.

Overall, Best claimed four for 46 from his 10 overs.

“I went for a few (runs) in my opening spell and I knew I had to hit back second time around. I had a chat with captain Darren Sammy and he told me it’s better to bowl the ball flat rather than look to hit the seam. I took his advice and it worked,” said the Barbadian.

“I was up on pace and I knew once I got the ball in the right areas I could make it quite difficult for the batsmen. When I found out I would be playing, I was mentally prepared for this match.”

He added: “It was a crucial match and the selectors put a lot of faith in me to deliver. I was happy to get that opportunity to perform for the people. Right now I feel great and I know the people across the West Indies feel great as well.”

Defending 264, the West Indies managed to keep the Black Caps in check despite a brilliant 110 from skipper Ross Taylor.

The victory, coming after the 88-run defeat in Wednesday’s third game, handed the West Indies their first series win over a top eight ICC side in four years.

“I love this feeling, winning feels good. Really, really good! We worked hard and we have received our reward,” Best beamed.


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