Pollard praises ‘total team game’
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC):
Captain Kieron Pollard has praised Windies for executing a "total team game" after they beat Ireland by five wickets in the third One-Day International (ODI) on Sunday to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.
"We ticked all the boxes in each and every department - in the batting, bowling and fielding," Pollard said afterwards.
"It is something we didn't do in the first couple of games. We got over the line in Barbados in the second ODI and we didn't really bat well in the first ODI to get the score. I think today playing that total team game was good in all aspects for us."
Windies arrived here with a 2-0 series lead but with less than convincing performances in the double header in Barbados where the batting especially came under the microscope.
Set an easy target of 204 at the Grenada National Stadium, Windies were powered by Evin Lewis, who struck 102 off 97 balls to complete his third ODI hundred.
Level of responsibility
Significantly, it made up for his heartbreak in the opening match when he was left stranded on 99 not out as Windies chased down 181.
Pollard said he particularly impressed with the level of responsibility displayed by the left-hander following the loss of early wickets.
"It's always great to get a hundred. He was very disappointed he didn't get the hundred in Barbados but what is for you is for you and what will happen in time will happen," Pollard noted.
"Today was his day and I think he batted beautifully. He anchored the innings right throughout till the end. Once Hopey (Shai Hope) got out, someone had to take that responsibility and he being one of the elder statesmen ... he took that mantle and it's good to see guys taking responsibility."
The whitewash was the second in three months for West Indies following an identical result against Afghanistan last November.
Windies now turn their attention to the three-match Twenty20 series which bowls off here on Thursday.