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Pollard urges Windies to play for pride in final T20I

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 10:08 PMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer -
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard

After their 72 run loss to hosts New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) on Saturday, captain Kieron Pollard is calling on the West Indies players to lift themselves and try to salvage a win in the final game of their three-match series on Monday morning at 1 a.m. Jamaica time.

The Windies bowlers were once put to the sword by a swashbuckling century from Glenn Phillips, and an efficient unbeaten 64 from Devon Conway to set up the comprehensive win and an unassailable 2-0 lead.

The Kiwis' first posted 238 for three in their allotted 20 overs with Phillips hitting the fastest T20I hundred by a New Zealander of 108 off 51 balls, with Conway weighing in with his debut T20I half-century off 37 balls.

Opener Martin Guptill chipped in with 34 against a wicket each for Jamaicans Oshane Thomas and Fabian Allen, and skipper Pollard.

With a large total on the board to chase, a good start was always going to be the order of the day, however, Jamaican Brandon King lost his off stump in the second over to pacer Kyle Jamieson for a duck, with just 10 runs on the board.

Wickets kept falling after, with five players getting into their twenties during the West Indies innings, but the total proved too much as they were restricted to 166 for 9.

For Pollard, the team failed to execute their plans with the ball, coupled with some indiscipline in the field.

The Trinidadian says there is still pride to play for and he is hoping that the players can garner that mental fortitude in the final encounter.

"Anything you do, you want to win and that's the ultimate goal in the end," he said. "There is a process for that to happen and again we have to have proper conversations. It's nothing we can do physically or technically at this point, as it's a quick turn-around. Guys just have to look at this next game from a mental perspective and see what they want to get out of it.

"As a team, we would like to get a win, and again, there is always personal pride at stake, so let us see what sort of mental space we decide to come in, and what sort of performance we decide to bring.”