WI hoping to turn corner on poor run

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE (CMC):On the heels of an embarrassing whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series, West Indies’ three-match one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan will take on new value when it bowls off here today at 6 a.m. (Jamaica time)The reigning T20 World champions showed little of their usual swagger as they suffered heavy defeats in every game, and with the tour quickly going horribly wrong, it will be left to the ODI side to arrest the slide, especially with the Test series following.West Indies’ batting looked a shadow of the fearsome machine it has become in recent years as it stumbled and stuttered on slow pitches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and against both pace and spin.However, ODI captain Jason Holder said he expected a different approach from his side in the 50-overs format, as batsmen would have the benefit of time on their side to explore the Pakistan attack.MORE TIME”You have more time. It’s 300 balls in one-day cricket, whereas in T20s, there are less balls,” he told reporters here yesterday.Holder is also confident that the West Indies’ fortunes can turn around with the several changes made to the ODI side.He welcomes the experienced quartet of wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin, left-hander Darren Bravo, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and Test vice-captain, Kraigg Brathwaite – though the latter is yet to play an ODI.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, another seasoned campaigner in domestic cricket, has also joined the squad along with talented 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and experienced left-hander Jonathan Carter.The Windies, with the same core of players, were good enough to reach the final of the Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa back in June in the Caribbean.The last time the two teams met in an ODI, West Indies inflicted a heavy defeat on the Asian side, with a 150-run victory during last year’s Cricket World Cup.However, West Indies have not beaten Pakistan in a bilateral series in 24 years, a disappointing trend which the Caribbean side will be hoping to end.Holder said West Indies were looking at different aspects of their game – especially the death stages of the innings – during planning sessions and were focussed now on executing properly.”We’ve obviously mentioned the death overs in our meetings. If it is one area we need to pay special attention to, it is obviously the death,” Holder noted.last_img read more

Kouame says incident with Akhuetie ‘wasn’t intentional’

first_imgREAD: Injured Akhuetie returns in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsKouame claimed his collision with Akhuetieat the 6:31 mark of the third quarter that forced UP’s center to hyperextend his left knee was “unintentional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That wasn’t intentional. People can get mad and I understand that, but what happened wasn’t intentional,” said the rookie Kouame. “It’s the game of basketball and anything can happen.”Akhuetie was able to return to the game in the fourth quarter at the 7:04 mark but it was a lost cause for the Fighting Maroons as the Blue Eagles captured the 88-79 win Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:4420 Sea Games-related incidents so far, says NCRPO02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAngelo Kouame has had an impressive run in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament in becoming Ateneo’s rock and making a case as one of the league’s best big men.His high energy pace on both ends of the floor and quiet on court personality made him an easily likeable fellow among the UAAP-watching community until he had an unfortunate incident with University of the Philippines center Bright Akhuetie in Game 1 of the UAAP Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments “It had an effect on me but we’re all players and I have to stay focused on the game. Hopefully, it can help me switch in the coming days, take this out and embrace everything,” said Kouame.“It has an impact on me right now and I never thought this would happen but it happened. I have to step up and live with that because it’s my rookie year and hopefully I’ll be ready for that.” READ: Ravena, Nieto push Ateneo past UP in Game 1Kouame said he tried apologizing to Akhuetie but he was met with deaf ears.“I apologized to him but he doesn’t want to understand but I get his reaction,” said Kouame, who averaged 14.7 points and 12.9 rebounds before the finals.Kouame then, became the target of angry UP crowd while fuming Fighting Maroon supporters hurled unnecessary and vulgar insults on social media.Ateneo’s big man eventually finished with seven points and 12 rebounds but he admitted that the jeers affected his play.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eagles land first blow Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more