West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran has described his side’s performance against India in the opening T20I at the Brian Lara Stadium as disappointing, adding that the players were “undisciplined” which led to the heavy defeat.
India scored 190 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 20 overs due to neutral bowling by the home team bowlers, with half-centuries from Rohit Sharma (64 runs off 44 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (not out off 19 balls). 41 runs) thwarted the attack at the back end. To help visitors in a big way.
India then restricted the hosts to 122/8 to win the first T20I of the five-match series by 68 runs.
Puran was unhappy after the match, saying that his bowlers lost their line and length in the last two overs and allowed the Indian batsmen to score freely.
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“Disappointed as a team… The crowd here was absolutely amazing and we let them down. The players are hurting a lot but this is the first game of the T20 series and we will try to bounce back,” Puran said. Said, who also failed to make an impact with the bat, scoring only 18 runs.
The captain expressed his displeasure with the bowlers for keeping five fielders inside the circle in the last two overs.
“In 18 overs, it was 150, we were undisciplined and we paid the price and people know it. 190 was always going to be challenging. We got off to a good start but the batsmen couldn’t get going. Whenever we got some momentum, we lost wickets and it cost us. We had already lost four wickets in 10 overs and that cost us the game.
Pooran added to the strategy of going into the match with just one spinner, a slow, turning wicket had backfired.
“When you look at it, the spinners bowled well. The mindset was to restrict them to 170-180, with an extra all-rounder, we would have been able to chase that down,” the Windies skipper added.
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