Stafanie Taylor and Anisa Mohammed celebrate the fall of a wicket. © Getty Images

West Indies got off to winning start against Thailand, but they were pushed hard for victory. Chasing just 79, West Indies lost three wickets for 46 runs. In the end skipper, Stafanie Taylor’s mature innings guided them over the line. Seasoned campaigner Anisa Mohammed has urged her team’s batters to step up in their next match against Pakistan on February 26.

“I think our batting just needs to improve a bit,” said the vice-captain.
“Our fielding and our bowling against Thailand was spot on – the seamers set the tone and as spinners, we enjoyed the bounce we got from the pitch.”

West Indies faced Pakistan in the two practice games leading up to the World Cup and won both the games. Mohammed, though, feels Pakistan will give a tough fight and challenge them.

“Pakistan have some good players and they’re a very different team from when we played them in previous series.”

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Mercrucial allrounder Nida Dar feels Pakistan can stop big-hitting batters from West Indies, with good bowling.

“West Indies want to show their skills, because they are strong, and hit a boundary from every ball,” said the all-rounder.

“Maybe in our match, they’ll adapt to conditions and try to rotate the strike. Asian teams are giving tough times to everyone at the World Cup and our spinners will try to do the same.”

Dar is optimistic of her young side and believes it’s a good chance for them to play an exciting brand of cricket. Having played Women’s Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder in the last season, Dar is not short of experience in terms of pitches and conditions.

“West Indies won’t know all of our players and some of them will be a surprise package. I’m in a team of very talented players with a mix of senior and junior players.”

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