Batsmen will come good - Sammy
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The two-time World Cup winners face Shahid Afridi's men in the first quarter-final in Mirpur on Wednesday looking to improve on their displays in the group stage of the tournament.
Victory over Bangladesh was their only success against a Test-playing nation and they suffered disappointing batting collapses against England and India in their final Group B encounters.
Runs have come from the top order through Chris Gayle, Devon Smith and Darren Bravo but, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul out of form and out of the team at present, and Ramnaresh Sarwan struggling to get the ball off the square, once the top order has gone there is not much to come, Kieron Pollard aside.
Sammy admits that it is a concern but feels his men will come to the party when it matters most against the Asian giants.
"We did lose our way and we can't keep collapsing like that all the time," he said. "We certainly can't do that in a quarter-final but I am confident we can put the past behind us and hopefully the West Indies will win. It will be an exciting game."
Chris Gayle missed out in their final group game against India with an abdominal injury but Sammy expects the hard-hitting left-hander to return in mid-week.
"I liked the way Chris was hitting balls in the nets," he added. "He is very committed to the West Indies cause. Come tomorrow, and I have no doubt both he and Kemar will play."