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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Rally set to travel to La Paz

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Stops along the way will include Ensenada, Turtle Bay, Santa Maria, Magdelena Bay, Cabo San Lucas, Muertos Bay and La Paz. Fiestas are planned at most of these stops. The entrance fee is $500. More information at 310-823-4664. “We traveled about 15 minutes and shut down,” Meistrell said. “All I could hear before I dove in was what sounded like heavy breathing and it wasn’t Greg (Browning).” Turns out it was a huge sea lion. Meistrell dived in and quickly lost sight of Browning’s lights. He then stumbled on to some spooky-looking giant slugs and felt something swoosh by him in the dark. Meistrell then turned off his lights in order to locate Browning, and saw him way off in the distance. “I’m done with this night diving,” Meistrell . “It’s way too spooky for me.” By Phil Friedman Staff Writer The Del Rey Yacht Club is headed south from San Diego on Nov. 7 in the Odyssey 2007. The first-ever rally will take a fleet of powerboats from San Diego to La Paz, Baja California. In conjunction with the Mexican Tourism Board, the fleet will be escorted by vessels manned by experienced skippers, mechanics, doctors, paramedics and others. To make matters worse, it was all tricks and no treats. No lobster that night either. Joey Gallagher from Palos Verdes Estates was looking for bugs (lobster) Tuesday night at Point Fermin. He and his friends found eight, three of which were legal. This quality of fish is typical of fall at Big Rock Resort, along with beautiful foliage and small crowds. Norma Randall from Arts Fishing Tackle in Gardena passed away Oct. 16. Norma worked side by side with her husband, Art Randall, from 1960 to 1973 when her son, Terry, started to play a more important role in the store. The three-quarter-day Spitfire out of Redondo is offering a $100 deal to fish as much as you can for a one-month period. Spitfire Captain Steven Konrady has been reporting some outstanding local sand bass fishing as well as limits of sculpin. For more information on the $100 fish for a month deal, call 310-372-2111. “Don’t even think about coming over here without live squid,” Valentine said. “It’s the only thing they (yellowtail) will bite. “Last week, I thought the fat lady was singing, but it turned out to be a sea lion on the rocks at Catalina,” Valentine Spooky diving: Former pro surfer Greg Browning, Scott Smith and Matt Meistrell got an early Halloween Tuesday night. The three Redondo Beach men headed out on Meistrell’s private boat, the Patty Chris II, to do some diving for lobster. said also Big Rock trout: Norin Grancell of Los Angeles, who went fishing out of Big Rock Resort in June Lake last week, thought his 3 -pound Alpers rainbow was a pretty decent fish. The trout was caught trolling a worm behind a Sep’s SideKick dodger. But recently, a Big Rock guest caught a 10-pound Alpers on a red and gold Thomas Buoyant. Randall passes: $100 deal: Yellowtail love squid: In the fall and winter, using live squid for bait can be the difference between catching and not catching. Captain Tino Valentine of the Phantom out of Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach caught more than 30 yellowtail on Monday at Catalina Island. said . “This bite is a long ways from over.” Private boaters can get live squid at Long Beach Bait. It can be reached by calling 562-455-9928. You can contact Phil Friedman via e-mail at p976tuna@aol.com. Send “Catch of the Week” photos to sports@dailybreeze.com or mail them to Daily Breeze Sports Department, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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