Ramdin: We won't be in a spin
Windies gloveman determined to get on top of Sri Lankan spinners
Last Updated: June 18, 2009 7:52am
West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin insists he and his team-mates will try and hit Sri Lanka's potent spin bowlers out of the attack when their ICC World Twenty20 semi-final clash begins on Friday.
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Sri Lanka have the most enviable spin bowling partnership in the competition in Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, and the pair have been instrumental during their side's march into the last four.
And West Indies know they must find a way to nullify their threat if they are to end what has so far been a miserable tour of England, on a high.
"It's very rare you get two world-class spinners like this in the same side," admitted West Indies vice-captain Ramdin.
"We want to get on top of them early so their captain has to take them off and bring them on later, so our plan is to get on top of them as they come on to bowl."
Unorthodox off-spinner Mendis has already claimed 10 scalps in the tournament while fast bowler Lasith Malinga lies joint second in the leading wicket-takers with 11.
Both men are expected to pose a serious threat for the opposition batsmen once again at the Oval, however Ramdin is confident he and his team-mates are more than up to the challenge.
"He's (Mendis) a mystery spinner, but as a batsman you just go out there and try and play each ball on merit," said Ramdin.
"He's not spinning the ball as much as everyone expected so what we're trying to do is play him as medium pacer, hit him down the ground for ones and twos and wait for the bad ball.
"Their bowling line-up is quite tricky with Murali, Mendis and Malinga but we have to try and back ourselves."
West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who missed Monday's five-wicket victory over England after pulling his back in the warm-up, remains a doubt after he did not train with the rest of the squad at Lord's on Wednesday.