Sammy blames batsmen for loss in 1st ODI

Port of Spain: West Indies skipper Darren Sammy blamed the inability of his batsmen to put up enough runs on the board as the reason for his side`s our-wicket defeat against India in the first One-Day International of the five-match series.

Opting to bat at the Queens Park Oval yesterday, West Indies found the going tough against the Indian bowlers from the onset and posted a modest 214 for nine which the visitors overwhelmed with four wickets in hand and 31 balls to spare.

"We didn`t score enough runs, we kept taking wickets but the total wasn`t big enough to put pressure on them (India). It`s about going out there and put a challenging total on the board but we couldn`t do that," Sammy said after the loss.

Asked about his decision to bat first, he said, "It`s a turning track and we wanted to have the best of the conditions when batting first.”

"Desmond Haynes, our batting consultant, has been doing a good job and we just need to execute our plans properly."

Sammy said his batters need to raise to the occasion and put up a better display in the coming matches of the series.

India captain Suresh Raina, who scored a 50-ball 43, lauded his teammates for the all-round display but said fielding is one area which the side needs to improve upon.