Carlos Brathwaite
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Last Update on: August 7th, 2019 at 11:03 am

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West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite has rued his team’s poor start with the bat after India beat them by seven wickets in the third and final T20I. West Indies had already conceded the series after losing the opening two games and had only pride to play for. However, the reigning world champions failed to do well again and lost the game to suffer a whitewash at home.

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Asked to bat first, West Indies were in all sorts of trouble early on after losing their top three cheaply. Deepak Chahar was the destructor-in-chief early on as he sent back Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Shimron Hetmyer inside the fourth over to leave West Indies reeling at 14 for 3. A 66-run stand between Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard stopped the rot before the former fell to Navdeep Saini.

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We Didn't Play Well As A Unit, Says Carlos Brathwaite
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Pollard went on to score 58  while Rovman Powell played a quickfire knock of 32 to  helpWest Indies post a respectable total. But the score was just not enough for West Indies to challenge India. India lost their openers – Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul early –  but fifties from Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant saw them cross the finishing line with ease.

Speaking at the end of the game, Carlos Brathwaite pointed out the team’s poor start with the bat before counting on some positives.

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“I think we didn’t start off well with the bat. But kudos to Polly. As a team, I think we are still progressing. I thought 148 was a bit below par but the bowlers fought. Today, we finished well with the bat. We didn’t play well as a unit. We are still trying to find out the perfect combination,” said Carlos Brathwaite.

Both the teams will now lock horns in a three-match ODI series. The series will be followed by a two-match Test series.


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