The hosts chased down a below-par target of 188 with 4 wickets in hand and 12 overs to spare. However, the chase wasn’t as straightforward: West Indies slipped to 72/5 and the visitors had a great chance to steal the game. But Moises Henriques dropped eventual Man of the Match Nicholas Pooran when there was still plenty of life in the game.
Pooran and Jason Holder steered West Indies home with their respective fifties. Earlier Australia found themselves in trouble at 45/6. But the bowlers allowed the last four partnerships to take Australia to a total where their bowlers had something to work with.
Kieron Pollard believed that they should have been able to restrict Australia to around 120. He said that perhaps West Indies are not willing to win easy.
“Pleasing to win, obviously, but to say I’m overall pleased with our performance throughout the entire game, I think we have some work to do. Australia were [45 for 6] and getting to 190, we didn’t put our foot on the X like we should have done and gave them opportunities to come into the game. Then our batters didn’t make it easy, it seems like we don’t like to do things the easy way. Thought 120 should have been the total,” Kieron Pollard said at the presentation.
We haven’t been able to combat it how we want to: Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard lamented the second consecutive failure of the batters – in the first ODI West Indies were bowled out for 123.
The skipper heaped praise on Pooran and Holder for their valiant batting efforts on a two-paced surface against a strong bowling attack.
“We haven’t been able to combat it how we want to, but having said that, this time around what was good was the fight. Nicholas Pooran with that half-century and Jason Holder, we know what we can do with the bat lower order, and Pooran has been looking like his own self. It was a bit scratchy tonight, but that’s what you need in a game like this, someone to scrap, and they both scrapped well for us,” the West Indies captain added.
The third and the decider ODI is slated for Monday at the same venue.