We simply misfired, laments Brathwaite

September 24, 2016
File West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite.



Captain Carlos Brathwaite said West Indies simply did not fire in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series against Pakistan here yesterday.

Playing at the Dubai International Stadium, West Indies were humbled by nine wickets, after being bundled out for a paltry 115 and then watching as Pakistan eased to their target with nearly five overs remaining.

However, Brathwaite said West Indies were an attacking side and there were times when their brand of cricket would not pay dividends.

"We are an aggressive, exciting team. Two games ago we scored 240-odd and today we scored 115," Brathwaite told reporters.

"We have ebbs and flows, ups and downs. Today it just didn't come off for us. I don't think we assessed the conditions quickly enough. A majority of the shots didn't show situation awareness.


Bowled fantastically


"I don't want to say we just didn't bat well [because] credit must go to Imad Wasim. He bowled fantastically well. Anytime you get five for 14 in an international game, you must be doing something right."

Brathwaite defended his side's aggressive approach but noted they had failed to execute properly.

"We didn't execute the way we wanted to but on another day, those same shots could've gone for boundaries and sixes and we would have been sitting 45, 50 for one after the first six [overs], setting a beautiful platform to then go on and score 140, 150 which looked like it would have been a winning total on the surface today," said the all-rounder, in only his third game as skipper after taking over from the two-time World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy who was shockingly sacked last month.

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