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Matt Prior & Darren Sammy

Darren Sammy was one of several batsmen who failed to convert their start into a big score. "We missed the killer instinct," he said

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy lamented his side’s failure to get over the line after they slumped to a dramatic defeat at the hands of England in Chennai.

Sammy’s men appeared set to secure a quarter-final place - and also eliminate England - when Andre Russell and Ramnaresh Sarwan shared a seventh-wicket stand of 72 to take their side to within 22 runs of their target of 244.

However, the departure of Russell sparked a stunning collapse that saw the final four wickets fall for just three runs, leaving England to celebrate a remarkable triumph.

Sammy, who contributed a boundary-laden 41 from number three, said: “One of the guys who got starts had to take us through

“We have a few positives we can take from this game, but at the end of the day we lost and we missed the killer instinct.

“I was quite happy chasing 243, although we could have restricted them for less. But given the start they had I thought my bowlers did well to pull it back.

"We should have chased down the total, but that’s the game of cricket. If you don’t execute all three disciplines properly the chances are you might lose.”

Coach Ottis Gibson felt his side had shown plenty of character in restricting their opponents to 243 all out, after England had reached 121 for two in the 22nd over.

“There was a time not so long ago in West Indies cricket where we would have fallen apart,” he said.

“England got a great start, but we hung in there and got wickets. It just needed somebody at the end there to see us through, and that didn’t happen.”

West Indies can still qualify for the last eight with victory over India in their last group match on Sunday, while a South Africa victory over Bangladesh on Saturday would also see them progress.

Sammy is pleased that his side’s fate remains in their own hands and added: “We have India next, we have to focus on that and focus on what we have to do to win.”

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