West Indies captain Darren Sammy commended his team for battling it out in the first Test against Pakistan, and said they badly needed the win after some ordinary performances at home.
The West Indies won the closely contested match by 40 runs on Sunday and claimed their first Test victory in over two years. The West Indies made 226 and 152 and bowled Pakistan out for 160 and 178. It was the West Indies' first Test victory since February 2009, when they humbled England by an innings and 23 runs at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
"This is all about West Indies cricket. We as a team needed this performance, this victory, and I can't stop commending the effort of the guys --- every single person. It was good to come out on the right side of the result for a change," said Sammy, who was the Man-of-the-Match for picking seven wickets.
"Lately, things had not been going well but this team had the belief," Sammy said.
Sammy praised the batsmen for showing patience. In the second innings, the West Indies were struggling at 74 for 6 before veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (36 not out) and newcomer Devendra Bishoo (24) shared a crucial 48-run partnership for the ninth wicket.
"It was a difficult pitch. But the guys batted out time and put in a total which was enough to get the victory," he said.
Sammy was ably supported by Ravi Rampaul in the bowling department. Rampaul justified his selection over Fidel Edwards by picking up a seven-wickets. "Rampaul looks fit, and has worked really hard with Ottis Gibson (coach)," Sammy said.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq expressed disappointment at the loss and admitted that his team made far too many mistakes. "To lose this Test is disappointing, they played better cricket and bowled disciplined lines," said Misbah, who fought back with a valiant 52 in the second innings after Pakistan, chasing 219 for victory, lost three wickets for two runs.
The second and final Test at St. Kitts starts May 20.