The Way We Batted Was Fantastic – Kieron Pollard
The West Indies captain Kieron Pollard can not be more proud of his batting unit. The visitors’ batting unit made 171 look like a stroll in the park. The tourists won by eight wickets and even had nine balls to spare in their run chase at Thiruvanthapuram to square the series against India. It was pure hitting from the visitors as they showed no mercy to the Indian bowlers.
The visitors’ opener Lendl Simmons scored 45-ball 67 with the help of four fours and as many sixes to help his team chase down the target. Consequently, the right-hander was awarded the Man of the match.
The Windies were a better side on the day.
Simmons also got support from his opening partner, Evin Lewis who scored a fine knock of 40 runs from 35 balls. The left-hander once again looked good and gave a good foundation to the West Indies’ innings. Shimron Hetmyer scored 23 runs whereas Nicholas Pooran added the finishing touches with 18-ball 38 with the help of four fours and two sixes.
Kieron Pollard said in the post-match presentation, “These things happen. Different circumstances have contributed to where we are (on the ICC table). Can’t control the past. Guys came back very well in the field, being able to restrict to 170, after the start they got. The way we batted – the guys executed perfectly. It was fantastic. Very excited for some of the guys who’ve come out of the CPL doing well. Some of those senior guys will be back, but excited for these guys, we have to deal with what we have in front of us. Kesrick bouncing back after the last game was fantastic”.
“Simmons started off slow, but he’s an experienced cricketer now. The way you guys speak about me, you think I am a veteran, huh? Continuing to enjoy my cricket, I have played a lot of cricket in India. Can pass on the knowledge to these guys. Pride myself as being a leader, I have been in trouble a lot of time. Every time I come on the cricket field, I try to win. A thing for us is to keep calm. There are areas to improve on. The wides, the no-balls. Even I was a bit guilty about it, but we’ll improve that at Wankhede”.
It was a fine effort from the West Indies to bounce back in the series. The tourists’ bowlers also did a fine job as they conceded only 73 runs in the final 10 overs, which was the major turning point of the match.
The decider of the series will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 11th of December.
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