IND vs WI: Wanted bowlers to have fair share to execute, says Kieron Pollard

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IND vs WI: Wanted bowlers to have fair share to execute, says Kieron Pollard
IND vs WI: Wanted bowlers to have fair share to execute, says Kieron Pollard

IND vs WI: Wanted bowlers to have fair share to execute, says Kieron Pollard

IND vs WI: West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard was disappointed after his team was thrashed by India in the first T20I of the three-match series here at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the first T20I, with Ravi Bishnoi’s two-wicket haul and strong performances from Rohit Sharma (40) and Suryakumar Yadav (34*).

“Between overs 6-15 we only scored 46 in 9 overs and if we had 18-20 more runs during that phase it would have been competitive. After six overs they were in front, but I thought the bowlers and fielders did really well to pull things back. Different times calls for different things, they have quality bowlers and we have to play it as we see it,” said Pollard after the game.

“The guys are working hard to get things right and again it’s just a matter of setting it up properly. The ball was wet and the bowlers were bowling high full tosses. And I wanted them to have a fair share to execute. Having said that, it was a very, very good game of cricket,” he added.

India got off to a quick start in chase of 158. As openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan put on 58 runs in the first six overs. Roston Chase finally got the better of Rohit Sharma (40) in the eighth over, ending the 64-run opening stand (40). In the 12th over, Chase took his second wicket, dismissing Kishan (35). And reducing India to 93/2, still needing 65 runs to win.

India struck a body blow in the next over. When Fabien Allen had Virat Kohli (17) caught at long-off by skipper Kieron Pollard. Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav were the new batsmen at the crease. Pant (8) failed with the bat and removed by Sheldon Cottrell in the 15th over, reducing India to 114/4.

Suryakumar (34*) and Venkatesh Iyer (24*) clinched India’s victory by six wickets with seven balls to spare.

India has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second T20I will played at the same venue on Friday.