WI hunt revenge on home turf

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Following their chastening whitewash last September, West Indies are quietly hoping to return the favour on home soil when they take on Pakistan in the four-match Twenty20 International series starting at Kensington Oval here today.The T20 World champions looked a shadow of the side that dominated the showpiece in India just months before, as they slumped to an embarrassing 3-0 loss in the United Arab Emirates.But even though revenge rests on their minds, captain Carlos Brathwaite said they were taking nothing for granted against a dangerous Pakistan side.”They are very, very worthy opponents,” Brathwaite told reporters yesterday.”I think they are one of the better teams in the world as well and it is tough playing them in their backyard but we welcome them to the West Indies and we want to take home advantage as well.”He added: “I think they play a fearless brand of cricket. Sometimes you see them dismissed for 80, but on another day, they can make 180, 200, and it can be very exciting as well.”I think one of their strengths is their rotation of strike in the middle overs. They play spin very well.”It’s about us counteracting that; not focussing on their strengths but maximising ours.”West Indies will again miss the talents of superstar opener Chris Gayle and will also have to do without the experienced all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.PROVEN MATCH WINNERSHowever, they have at their disposal the likes of Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, all of whom are proven match winners in the game’s shortest format.Brathwaite pointed out that even without some of their leading names, West Indies were still an extremely strong side and were backing themselves to put up big totals.”We have strength in depth. Not having Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell, and still being able to pick the team we’ve selected is massive for any international team,” he noted.”One thing we’ve always been able to boast of is power-hitters, and we have four or five one after the other and with three or four in the shed. There’s a perfect mix of experience and youth as well. We have very, very young guys like … Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed, but then there’s still elder statesmen although Pollard is only 28, he is a T20 veteran.Last year’s nightmare against Pakistan still looms large. It was not so much that the Windies lost the series, but rather, the way in which they did.They mustered a paltry 115 in the opening game batting first and lost by nine wickets, failed to chase down 160 in the second outing and lost by 16 runs before scraping together 103 in their final game to lose by eight wickets.Brathwaite admitted he was still unsure about what went wrong, but said he hoped the team would put things right in the upcoming series.”[I’m] not sure. It’s a multitude of factors. Obviously, when things don’t go as well as you would like, everyone seems to know the problem, but in the dressing room, we are trying to find the solutions,” he said.SQUADSWEST INDIES Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.PAKISTAN Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz , Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan Shinwari.last_img read more

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first_imgThere will be a fundraising Golf Classic on the Ballybofey/Stranorlar Golf Course on Thursday 18th August.All proceeds in aid of the CLG Dhún na nGall Players Training Fund.This Golf Classic is sponsored by Azzurri. Teams of four. Entry fee, meal included, is €150.00. To enter a team contact Charlie Cannon @ 087 6949125 or PJ McGowan @ 086 2222750I would urge clubs to submit at least one team.A second fundraising Golf Classic shall be held on Edmondstown Golf Course, Rathfarnham, Dublin on Friday 26th August. More information from County Chairman, PJ McGowan @ 086 2222750.Is mise, le meas,Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh Rúnaí CLG Dhún na nGallGOLF CLASSICS TO RAISE CASH FOR DONEGAL TEAM TRAINING FUND was last modified: August 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOLF CLASSICS TO RAISE CASH FOR DONEGAL TEAM TRAINING FUNDlast_img read more


World Cup Dream Team – Eight transfers to make for the quarter-finals

first_img 9 9 6. Paulinho (Brazil) – £3million 5. Fagner (Brazil) – £2.5million 9 1. Harry Kane (England) – £6million 9 Speaking of cheap, if you’re having money trouble you might want to take a punt on Swedish forward Toivonen. He scored against Germany earlier in the tournament and hit their winner against France in qualifying. He’s the man for the big occasion and could be the Allen key to your side’s success. And an ex-Sunderland flop knocking England out sounds about right. 3. Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) – £1.5million Tottenham Hotspur fans are still scratching their heads about this man but he could bring them joy if they whack him in their Dream Teams XI. He’s due a goal and could really do a job on the Belgian midfield, who are likely to be outnumbered by Brazil’s. If they leave the roaming Barcelona star he might end up on the end of a cross or two. 9 9 With Neymar spending 14 minutes on the floor during the World Cup, so far. Flying wing-back Meunier might just punish his laziness. All the rolling around won’t help Brazil if he can’t pin back the Paris Saint-Germain star, who will attempt to gallivant down the flank and fire in crosses to Romelu Lukaku. If you thought Neymar had the worst barnet at World Cup 2018, you haven’t watch the Genoa star in action. Another attacking full-back, he’s been brilliant since coming into the team, and is well on the way to earning a summer transfer. He could be a brilliant cheap option as you try to get some superstars in your team. 4. Lucas Hernandez (France) – £2millioncenter_img When a player is getting comparisons with Pele you know it’s time to throw him into your Dream Team. His pace had Argentina scared stiff and caused Marcos Rojo to give away a penalty in the round of 16. He’s also netted three goals and may become the first person ever to make Diego Godin panic. 9 But who do you need to bring in to replace them? See our top Dream Team transfer picks below.8. Kylian Mbappe (France) – £3.5million Monsieur of the dark arts, thanks to Diego Simeone, the marauding left-back hasn’t scored a goal like Benjamin Pavard but he’s got more Dream Team points than the curly-haired Stuttgart star from full-back. 9 England are into the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Colombia on penalties. 2. Ola Toivonen (Sweden) – £1million It’s okay, you aren’t the only person who had never heard about him before the World Cup, even if a football hipster is crowing about his three games at PSV Eindhoven. He’s amassed 24 points so far and will start every match they play due to Danilo’s injury. 9 7. Thomas Meunier (Belgium) – £3million We’re into the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals over in Russia so now it’s time to make more changes to your Dream Team.One way or another, you’re likely to have had some of your players eliminated, especially with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo now out What are we saying? It’s coming home. And Harry is the man carrying it all the way with his penalties. What more reason do you need? You can hear every World Cup 2018 quarter-final match live on talkSPORT.last_img read more

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