Sun | Aug 1, 2021

Pollard calls for more fight in second ODI

Published:Thursday | July 22, 2021 | 12:12 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
West Indies One-Day International captain Kieron Pollard.
West Indies One-Day International captain Kieron Pollard.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard wants his charges to give a better showing in their second One-Day International (ODI) game against Australian at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, today.

Cricket Australia labelled the West Indies batting performance as ‘Caribbean carnage’ as the regional side was blown away for 123 runs chasing a Duckworth Lewis method revised target of 257 for victory in their rain-affected contest.

The 133-run defeat was the Windies’ third-largest runs defeat to Australia and their worst since 2008.

Only Pollard showed some fight and resistance with a battling 56 from 57 balls as the home team could not recover from their position of 27 for six in the eighth over.

Vice-captain Shai Hope and all-rounder Roston Chase, not participating through injury, did not help the Caribbean’s side cause as they had to call on Shimron Hetmyer to open the batting with Evin Lewis, who faced only one ball.

Mitchell Starc was the man that did the damage with the new ball in the power play, and his five wickets set the tone for a clinical Aussie display in the field.

Pollard says that he wants the team to shrug off the disappointment of the first game and come up with their ‘A’ game today.

FIGHT AND COURAGE

“I didn’t think we showed enough fight and courage,” he said. “We know they are going to come hard at us as they have an experienced bowling attack and we need to fight as individuals and as a team when we are out there.”

Pollard was clear that he doesn’t want to make any excuses for his batting unit, however, he is aware that Starc is not the only threat, with fellow pacer Josh Hazelwood bagging three wickets.

“We need to find a way to come up with a plan to keep them out in those first couple of overs because we know that’s where the threat is,” he said. “Hopefully, we can get the first and second change bowlers on quickly and see what we can do from there.”

Pollard once again praised the efforts of leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr, who picked up a career-best five for 39 in 30 overs. Walsh was not even named in the original West Indies ODI squad but was drafted in after Chase pulled out.

Australia stand-in captain Alex Carey is happy that his team secured the opening match, and he is hoping that they can quickly gather themselves and be ready for today’s encounter.

“Tuesday night was a good start, and it helps when you take six for 30 in the first 10 overs,” he said. “We know that the West Indies are going to bounce back really quickly, so we will enjoy the win with the debutants and celebrate a five-wicket haul for Starc, but we must get our heads around today’s match and, hopefully, we can go on to win the series.”

Today’s match bowls off at 1:30 p.m. Jamaica time.

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