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Dhaka Bank Cup 2014

It's now our turn to take home advantage: Narine

CricInfo, St George's

Sunil Narine does not think there is anything wrong with the Bangladesh batsmen and has said that West Indies are only taking advantage of home conditions.

Narine said that he has tried to keep his spells as simple as possible, but tell that to the Bangladesh batsmen. Despite dominating him in Tests less than two years ago, they now find his deception unfathomable and are facing the danger of spending all of this tour trying to avoid getting tangled by him.

His three-wicket burst in the middle of Bangladesh's 248-run chase in the second ODI on Friday sucked the life out of their batsmen. Narine removed captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah in successive deliveries before picking up Sohag Gazi in his next over as the visitors were bowled out for just 70.

"I don't think I have done anything differently [than in the past]," Narine said. "Whatever I have been doing in the past 2-3 years that have given me success, I have tried to keep it simple as possible. You sometimes tend to try to do too many things and forget what was working for you.

"When you're on top of your game, it is important to do the basics properly and change only a few things, and move on from there. I didn't get wickets in the first game but I think I bowled pretty well. I was just doing the basics again today."

In the 2012 Test series, Narine went wicketless in three out of four innings, and conceded 343 runs in two matches at an economy-rate of 4.36. Shakib Al Hasan apparently had come up with the plan to go after him from the start. That plan is possibly back in Dhaka right now, as Bangladesh have played Narine without much purpose.

He, however, felt that West Indies were taking advantage of familiar conditions. "I don't think there's anything wrong with the Bangladesh batsmen. They are very capable. I think it is just our time to be on top of the game. We have had some rough times in Bangladesh where they have home advantage.

"Now we have the home advantage. We are continuing what we are doing and trying to build momentum ahead of the Test matches. I wouldn't think they are rusty. The wickets are not as flat as Bangladeshi wickets, it is more giving. Their bowlers have something to work with. You need to set a foundation and work on it."

Published: 12:00 am Sunday, August 24, 2014

Last modified: 1:06 am Sunday, August 24, 2014

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