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West Indies determined to fight back

"Losing the first Test was a huge blow to us but we have two Tests to go" says Ramnaresh Sarwan.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2006 23:31 IST

West Indian vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan said that his team was determined to win the second Test against Pakistan to keep their chances alive in the three Test match series.

"Losing the first Test was a huge blow to us but we have two Tests to go and this one is special because we have to win this to draw the series," Sarwan said, ahead of the second Test starting here from Sunday.

Despite a fighting 122 from West Indian captain Brian Lara, Pakistan won the first Test in Lahore by nine wickets on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Sarwan said that West Indies needed to play consistent cricket over five days.

"We would have to go into the final Test with a win so that the series is still open but for that we have to play well in all departments," said Sarwan, who hails from Guyana.

The third Test starts in Karachi on November 27.

Sarwan said a number of factors contributed to the first Test defeat. "Getting out for 206 on the first day on that sort of wicket made it difficult for us to come back and then dropped catches did not help either," said Sarwan, referring to chances spilled off Mohammad Yousuf when he was on 43 and 101.

Yousuf went on to make 192 to help Pakistan gain a big first innings lead of 279.

"There were some other things which did not go well and those were totally out of our control," said Sarwan in an apparent reference to the umpiring of Sri Lankan Asoka de Silva, who did not refer a close stumping call off Yousuf to the third umpire when the batsman was on 53.

De Silva also adjudged opener Chris Gayle and Sarwan leg-before when television replays showed the deliveries hit the batsmen high on the pads.

Sarwan said he himself was due for a big score.

"I am very determined. I have been in the poorest form for a long while now and haven't gotten any scores together on the entire trip to Asia," said Sarwan, who has just one fifty in his last 13 one-day matches and who managed just three and 23 in Lahore.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer warned his team of a possible West Indies backlash.

"We caught the West Indies after they played a lot of one-day matches, but we have to be aware that they will come back hard on us," said Woolmer, who played 19 Tests for England and is a former coach of South Africa.

Pakistan have won eight of their 23 Tests, with nine defeats and six draws, since Woolmer took over as coach in 2004.

Woolmer said Brian Lara was still in worry.

"I always worry about Lara. We have to take chances against him and I don't like (it when) any chances offered by him are dropped," said Woolmer.

Woolmer hoped his team would give its best to wrap up the series.

"It is always important to have a winning lead and for that we have to do our best, win this second Test and wrap up the series here. It will be very tough and we need to improve our fielding."

Squads (from):

West Indies: Brian Lara (capt), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Daren Powell, Jerome Taylor, Omari Banks, Dave Mohammed

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Samiullah Niazi, Shahid Nazir, Abdul Rehman, Danish Kaneria

Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS), Mark Benson (ENG)

Tv umpire: Zameer Haider (PAK)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)

First Published: Nov 17, 2006 23:31 IST