Victory is a boost says Powell
WICB Media Release.
VISAKHAPATNAM, India – Opener Kieran Powell said West Indies earned a timely boost of confidence from their victory over India in the second One-day International on Sunday here.
Powell was one of the architects of the victory, hitting 59 from 70 balls and shared a 100-run, third-wicket stand with Darren Bravo, as the Windies successfully chased 289 to level the three-match series at the Reddy Stadium.
“Obviously, being 0-1 down in the series, this win was very crucial for us, to level the series and to go to Kanpur, looking to win the series,” he said.
“We believe we can beat anybody anywhere in any conditions, but it’s just for us to put the pieces of the puzzle together now.”
He added: “Obviously, we have not been playing good cricket on this tour, we have not been building partnerships, nobody has been carrying on [from good starts].”
He added: “Unfortunately nobody carried on [in this match] and got a hundred, but we had enough performances to get the job done, so we’re looking forward to building on that from here.”
Powell said West Indies would be looking to use the momentum from this victory to push for a series-clinching triumph in the final match of the series on Wednesday at Green Park in Kanpur.
“We will be very confident going into the next match,” he said. “It is a day match, so totally different conditions in terms of the dew. It’s up north so it might be a bit cooler, but we just have to assess the conditions and play accordingly.”
Powell came into the line-up to replace talismanic, fellow opener Chris Gayle, who has returned to the Caribbean following a hamstring injury.
On whether he was under pressure to fill Gayle’s shoes, Powell said: “[There was] no pressure. I cannot play the way Chris Gayle plays. There was definitely no pressure on me. I just wanted to play my game and enjoy it and it worked in our favour and we won.”
ODI Squad (surnames capitalized)
47. Dwayne BRAVO (Captain)
36. Tino BEST
46. Darren BRAVO
25. Johnson CHARLES
66. Narsingh DEONARINE
45. Chris GAYLE (withdrawn, injured)
98. Jason HOLDER
74. Sunil NARINE
94. Veerasammy PERMAUL
23. Kieran POWELL
80. Denesh RAMDIN
14. Ravi RAMPAUL
88. Darren SAMMY
7. Marlon SAMUELS
54. Lendl SIMMONS
Team management unit
Ottis Gibson (Head Coach)
Richie Richardson (Team Operations Manager)
Andre Coley (Assistant Coach)
C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist)
Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Coordinator)
Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst)
Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Adriel “Woody” Richard (Media Relations Manager)
Thu, October 31 to Sat, November 2: Tour match – Uttar Pradesh drew with West Indies – Jadavpur University Complex, Kolkata
Wed 6 to Sun 10: 1st Test – India won by an innings and 51 runs – Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Thu 14 to Mon 18: 2nd Test – India won by an innings and 126 runs – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Thu 21: 1st One-day International – India won by 6 wickets – Nehru Stadium, Kochi
Sun 24: 2nd One-day International – West Indies won by 2 wickets – Reddy Stadium, Visakhapatnam
(All times local; East Caribbean minus 9 ½ hours, Jamaica minus 10 ½ hours)
Wed 27: 3rd One-day International – Green Park, Kanpur (9 a.m.)
WICB Media Release.