WI batting under microscope again
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
West Indies will be seeking to rediscover their once lethal batting prowess, as they go in search of an all-important series-levelling victory in the second Twenty20 International of the four-match series here today.
The Caribbean side, who easily chased down an imposing 193 to reach the T20 World Cup final almost a year ago, have in recent times become almost unrecognisable and have looked a shadow of the unit that won the title in that tournament with awesome power-hitting, in a dramatic last over.
Gone is the bluster, the brawn and the swagger that have come to characterise West Indies T20 teams, replaced now with timidity and uncertainty, reflected in scores of 115, 144, 103 and 111 in their last four outings.
In last Sunday's opener at Kensington Oval in Barbados, the Windies slumped from 35 for one to strife at 49 for six in the 11th over after being asked to bat, a scenario captain Carlos Brathwaite said needed to be rectified.
"[Against] Pakistan [last year] we found ourselves 20 for three and 20 for four at the end of the first six [overs]," he told reporters here ahead of the contest at Queen's Park Oval.
"We've progressed to [being] 34 for one [in the last game] which we were happy with at the end of the six [overs] and now it's just a matter of understanding what we did well in the first six, replicating that but then taking it a step further and progressing between [overs] six and 14 as well, which has always been a problem area for West Indies but one which we are addressing.