Panic behind WI meltdown, says Radford
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC:
Batting coach Toby Radford said West Indies were guilty of panicking in the late stages of their Tri-Nations Series clash with Zimbabwe last Saturday, which resulted in the tied game at Queens Sports Club.
West Indies seemed en route to an uncomplicated victory in pursuit of 258 in their second game of the tournament, when they reached 220 for two in the 45th over.
However, they lost six wickets for 37 runs in the space of 32 balls - including three wickets in the last over with four runs required - as Zimbabwe forced their way back into the contest to earn a share of the points.
"We needed 60 runs with eight wickets in hand [at one stage] and nine times out of 10. You'd expect the batting side to do that," Radford said.
PANIC SET IN
"I think a little bit of panic set in, which is easy when you're away from home and there's a noisy crowd. To be fair, they (Zimbabwe) actually bowled well and took the pace off on what was a slow-ish wicket."
The run chase had been expertly guided by novice Shai Hope who carved out 101 off 120 balls in only his second One-Day International, and opener Kraigg Brathwaite who struck 78 from 117 deliveries.Together, they put on 162 for the third wicket, a stand which put the Caribbean side in pole position to take victory.
"I thought it was outstanding. [They were] both great innings in a wonderful partnership ... to set up the potential win," Radford noted.
West Indies face Sri Lanka Wednesday in their next game.