Kieron Pollard’s West Indies lost the first T20I against India in Kolkata. In the process, they are now trailing the series 0-1. Suryakumar Yadav (34*) and Venkatesh Iyer (24*) added an unbeaten 48-run stand to help India win the game with seven balls to spare.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma asked West Indies to bat first. They lost Brandon King in the very first over. Kyle Mayers (31) then added 47 runs with Nicholas Pooran (61) before getting dismissed. Pooran anchored the innings in the middle-order with Kieron Pollard’s 19-ball 24 taking them to 157/7. The Windies missed all-round experience of Jason Holder in the middle-order.
Pollard said that the batsmen did not score too many runs in the middle overs which in the end was the reason for their defeat. West Indies scored 46 runs between overs 7 to 15. They scored over 60 runs in the final five.
We Scored Few Runs Between Overs 6 To 15: Kieron Pollard
“Good game of cricket overall, getting down to the 19th over was good on the part of the bowlers. If I’m being honest, between overs 6 to 15 we scored too few runs” said Pollard to start his post-match interaction.
“We were 15-20 runs short but if you take early wickets you can put them under pressure. But Rohit got off quickly at the start. Of course it’s an area we can improve (dot balls) but if you try and hit and get out for 90, the conversation will be different. Those 9 overs for 46 runs, if we had another 15-20 in that block there… it’s a matter of setting it up properly. We can dissect it till kingdom come but we have to execute. Hopefully come next game, that can happen” Pollard added further.
The two teams face each other in the second T20I at the same venue on Friday, February 18.