The West Indies captain Kieron Pollard blamed his bowling unit after the six-wicket defeat against India in the first T20I at Hyderabad. The visitors had posted a par score of 207 runs but their bowlers could not defend it. There were 23 extras given for free by the Windies bowlers and Pollard believes that it played a major role in their defeat.
All the tourists’ bowlers except Sheldon Cottrell took a hammering as they conceded their runs at 10 runs/over. The bowlers were not able to keep the Indian batters in check and the hosts won the match by six wickets and even had eight balls to spare. In fact, this is the highest run chase for the Indian team in T20I.
West Indies was sloppy with the ball.
Kieron Pollard said in the post-match presentation, “208 to defend, on any day, you’d take that 10 out of 10 times. Where we lost the game was the extras and our bowling. Our execution was poor. If we had executed the plans we had spoken about, despite the good batting wicket, it would have been a different scenario. There are two areas in any game, and with the bat the guys were exceptional”.
On the other hand, there were positives for the West Indies as they had posted 207 runs after they were put into bat. Shimron Hetmyer scored his maiden T20I fifty whereas Evin Lewis was also able to strike the ball cleanly.
Kieron Pollard added, “There are a lot of positives to take from this game. Hetmyer and Lewis got back amongst the runs and that was quite satisfying, but we need to do the all-round basics right. Hopefully, I have an idea of when to come up the order as a captain, and in a pressure situation, it’s important to push yourself and it’s a pleasure to perform for your team any day and get them across the line”.
West Indies were good in the first half with the ball but drifted away from their plan when Virat Kohli got his timing right. Kohli scored a fine knock of 94 runs – which is also his highest T20I score. The Indian skipper struggled in the first phase of his innings but he was able to get his confidence back in the second half.
The second T20I will take place at Thiruvananthapuram on the 8th of December.