Windies win but coach Bennett King not satisfied
March 21, 2007
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – West Indies coach Bennett King wasn’t entirely satisfied with his team’s six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe at Sabina Park on Monday.
The hosts booked a place in the Super Eights with a second successive win, but it was tough going in chasing a target of 203 which they achieved for the loss of four wickets with 13 balls remaining.
“That was a scrappy win. I’m glad that we fought it out nice and hard to get the points, but the pitch showed that if you got in, you really needed to knuckle down, work hard and continue on,” King told reporters.
“It took people a little bit of time to get in once they started. We didn’t do that very well.”
The win followed a victory over Pakistan by 54 runs and it put West Indies atop Group D with maximum four points.
The home team restricted Zimbabwe to 59 for four after winning the toss, but the opponents fought back to post a competitive 202 for five from their 50 overs.
“We certainly didn’t bowl as well as we bowled the other day. The wides were still a concern. We bowled too many of them,” King said.
“We probably should have been looking at a target of 150 to 170. We’ve still got some work to do on those middle overs. We found it hard to get some wickets there.”