Not enough runs, says Bravo
Gros Islet, St Lucia — Kieron Pollard again showcased his amazing power-hitting ability with a record half-century but his heroic batting act was not enough as West Indies went under to Australia by eight wickets in the opening match of the Digicel T20 Series.
The powerful six-footer blasted an unbeaten 54 off just 26 balls, with five massive sixes as the West Indies reached 150-7 off their 20 overs. Pollard’s effort was the fastest ever half-century (off 20 balls) by a West Indian in T20s and thrilled the near capacity crowd at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Pollard came in with the score on 66-3 at the end of the 11th over and added 62 in off just 35 balls with Dwayne Bravo. Australia then reached the target easily with 11 balls to spare, thanks to Man-of the-Match Shane Watson (69) and Mike Hussey (59 not out).
According Bravo the West Indies just “did not have enough runs on the board” to work with. He felt they fell short by between 20 and 25 runs.
“On reflection you would have to say we did not have enough runs to play with. Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, we expected to post something in the region of 165 to 175. That would have been a good score, but we fell short today,” Bravo said after the match.
The experienced allrounder was full of praise for Pollard, who continues to play very well following his Man-of-the-Series performances in the recently-concluded five-match Digicel One-Day International Series. Bravo also highlighted the good work of Captain Darren Sammy.
“Credit must go to Pollard for another superb batting effort. At one stage we were looking at around 130 but he came in and gave the innings a good finish and we managed to get up, but we just didn’t have enough runs. Pollard has a special gift from God. The West Indies team is benefiting from his experience and he is playing really well for us,” said Bravo, who is Vice Captain.
“A lot people did not expect us to do well ahead of this tour against Australia, but as a team we always believed we could do well. The coaching staff has been doing a very good job and you have to give credit to the captain as well, he has been doing very well. Captaincy is not an easy job, but he has done very well.
“As a team, we decided in this series we would play fearless cricket and try to win the hearts of our West Indian fans again. We have done pretty well so far and we believe we will improve. We will go on to Barbados now and look to win in the second match there and square the series.”
The two teams travel to Barbados on Wednesday ahead of the second Digicel T20 International on Friday at Kensington Oval.
Digicel T20 Series
Tuesday, March 27: 1st Digicel T20 - Australia won by 8 wickets at Beausejour
Friday, March 30: 2nd Digicel T20 at Kensington Oval, Barbados