West Indies T20 captain Kieron Pollard has opened up on the defeat in the second T20 international against South Africa on Sunday in Grenada. After beating the Proteas by eight wickets in the opening T20Is, West Indies fell short by 16 runs while chasing 167. Kieron Pollard felt that he and Nicholas Pooran needed to lower their aggression that contributed to their downfall.
While the West Indies easily chased down 161 in the first T20 international, it was not the case in the subsequent game. Nicholas Pooran, the vice-captain and Pollard fell in the eighth and ninth over, respectively to hand the advantage to South Africa. Andre Russell, another explosive power-hitter, also fell for a single-figure score.
Opening batsman Andre Fletcher top-scored with 35, while the likes of Chris Gayle, Pooran, Pollard, and Russell all perished for single-figure scores. Spin-bowling all-rounder Fabian Allen provided the late flourish by mustering five maximums in his 12-ball 34. He was the last wicket to fall and left-arm spinner George Linde’s spell of 4-0-19-2 earned him the man of the match.
I think we lost it between the 7th to the 11th over as we lost three wickets there: Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard revealed there was a normal discussion during the innings break and felt that they lost the game between overs 7-11 as they lost three scalps. The towering all-rounder understands they both are aggressive players by nature; however, they need to tone it down for the team. Pollard accepted the need to rotate the strike a bit more against the spinners.
“We had a normal discussion at the innings break as we were starting afresh at 0 for 0. I think we lost it between the 7th to the 11th over as we lost three wickets there. We are aggressive players by nature and that is no secret but myself and Pooran needed to control our aggression. We accept that for the team. Their spinners did a pretty good job. In the middle overs, maybe we can rotate a little bit more,” Pollard said as quoted by Khaleej Times.