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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 21:52 GMT 22:52 UK
Windies skipper offers no excuses
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Chanderpaul was one of three to fall for three runs inside three overs
West Indies skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul was at a loss to explain his side's crushing 59-run defeat to Pakistan in the opening one-dayer.

The Windies were bowled out for 133 chasing 193 for victory in St Vincent.

"We didn't build any partnerships at the top of the order and it went right down to the bottom," Chanderpaul said.

"There's no excuse for us losing this game - we should get 193. Obviously we can come back, but we need to get out of this habit and get the job done."

New Windies coach Bennett King accepted his share of the blame for his side's dismal recent displays, going back to the Test and one-day series against South Africa.

"I'm prepared to take the blame for a lot of the stuff because we've had to try and come in a very short space of time and play Test cricket and one-day cricket, and we've worked the boys hard in that time," he admitted.

"We're pushing them harder. And that's why I said I'm not blaming my players for feeling tired when they come into matches, that's my fault."

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said: "I thought 192 was not a bad total and we defended it well, I thought Rana and Razzaq bowled beautifully."

"We have worked hard, the boys are confident and they played positive cricket.

"That is a good sign for us."

The remaining two fixtures of the three-match series take place this weekend in St Lucia.


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