Cricket - Sammy eyes strong finish

Darren Sammy has called on the West Indies to finish a good year on a high by winning the one-off Twenty20 match against Bangladesh.

Cricket - Sammy eyes strong finish

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Darren Sammy is looking for the World Twenty 20 champions to finish on a high

While it is some years since the Windies were a feared force in world cricket, there have been signs of a resurgence this year - particularly in the shortest format as they danced their way to World Twenty20 success. They were edged out 3-2 by the Tigers in a hard-fought one-day international series but won the two Tests beforehand.

"This has been a good year for us," he said.

"We won four Tests in a row and the T20 World Cup. Monday will be our last international this year and we will look to finish on a high. We would have loved to win this (ODI) series but we didn't. When we look back at this year, I wouldn't say it is a step backward.

"We haven't played our best cricket in this series but we still were in with a chance to win the series. I would never blame anyone. We have to pull together as a team. It is not every day that the same people will perform. We are T20 champions and we have to play like that on Monday."

Opposite number Mushfiqur Rahim was delighted with his side's win in the ODI series, which was completed when they won the deciding game by two wickets on Saturday.

"The expectations are now higher but through success in the ODIs, I want this team to do well in formats like Twenty20s and Tests," he said.

"We deserved to win this ODI series, judging by our performance since the Tests and our cricket skills. We would have at least drawn that first Test had we not made some mistakes. We didn't bat and field well in the third and fourth (ODIs), though we bowled very well.

"Our only plan was to get it right in all three departments. This is what gave us the wins in the first two games of the ODI series. In the final game, we told everyone that we have to make sure we give 100% effort."

Bangladesh are likely to include the big-hitting Ziaur Rehman in their top order but have a doubt over seamer Mashrafe Mortaza, who has a thigh strain.

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