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WT20: We came here to win and qualify for semis, says WI captain Sammy

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his team’s main objective coming into Friday’s match against South Africa was to qualify for the semi-finals of the World T20 and he was delighted to have accomplished the task in Nagpur.

world t20 Updated: Mar 26, 2016 00:47 IST
West Indies captain Darren Sammy celebrates after the wicket of South Africa's Hashim Amla during the World T20 match at The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on March 25, 2016.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy celebrates after the wicket of South Africa's Hashim Amla during the World T20 match at The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on March 25, 2016.(AFP)

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his team’s main objective coming into Friday’s match against South Africa was to qualify for the semi-finals of the World T20 and he was delighted to have accomplished the task in Nagpur.

In-form West Indies continued their unbeaten run and defeated South Africa by three wickets to seal their spot in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20. With three wins out of as many games, West Indies thus became the second team after New Zealand to enter the semi- finals of the marque event.

“Yes I was smiling because of the position the game was, but there were butterflies in there. We came here to win this match and qualify, and we’ve done that, so we’re really happy,’ a delighted Sammy said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Sammy commended his teammates for holding on to their nerves under pressure situations while chasing South Africa’s 122 for eight.

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“Today we were under pressure chasing a low total, and every decision we took out there they (players) responded. But I really want to commend my team on (how my team coped with the pressure),” he said.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said they were not at their best on Friday and played a catch-up the entire match.

“It felt like the whole game we were half a step behind West Indies and we were trying to catch up the whole time,” he said.

“10 runs maybe more from the batters - 135 deck. But a great fight by the boys. This game makes us all very old, very quickly! West Indies were just a little bit better than us today.”

Man-of-the-match Marlon Samuels, who scored a run-a-ball 44 for West Indies, said it was difficult to play shots on the pitch and credited South African bowlers for putting up a fight.

“Sometimes you have to bat according to situation. The pitch was a bit on the slow side, but credit to South Africa. They bowled in good areas,” he said.