DHAKA, Bangladesh – For West Indies captain Darren Sammy the equation is simple. As he told reporters on Monday, it is “go big or go home” as they looked forward to their match against Pakistan in the ICC World T20 2014 tournament.
The two teams both have four points from three matches – two wins and one defeat – and will go head-to-head on Tuesday night at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. The winners will advance to the semi-finals. First ball is 7:30 pm (9:30 am EST).
“It’s a do or die for us…go big or go home. This is an important game against Pakistan, who are playing very well at the moment. But as we said before we left home, we came here to retain the title, so we will give this all we have. We’re going to do everything to defend our title,” Sammy said.
“Tomorrow’s not going to be an easy game. The thing is when we left home, we said by the time we reach the final Super 10 match against Pakistan, we’ll know exactly what we need to do, and now we’re only going to focus on what we have to do against Pakistan to win.”
Sammy was speaking after the defending champions had a full training session at the match venue. The captain played a crucial role in the team’s success so far.
He scored a match-winning 34 not out off 13 balls – including 12 off the final over – to secure a huge victory against Australia last Friday.
“The people of the Caribbean really enjoyed the win. Everybody was aware of the build-up towards the game. It was an exciting match, a match where West Indies had to fight to come out on top.
“But they are also aware that we are not into the semis as well, and the message is just to go out and do well against Pakistan and make sure we get to the semis and take it from there.
“Tuesday is a very important match for both teams, like it was against Australia, and hopefully we could repeat the same thing by winning.”