Pollard says players must step up in final T20 against NZ

November 30, 2020
Kieron Pollard
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West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said his side paid again for inconsistent bowling when they crashed to a 72-run defeat in the second Twenty20 (T20) International against New Zealand yesterday.

Another poor bowling effort, followed by feeble batting from the World T20 champions, condemned them to their second successive defeat against the New Zealanders at the Bay Oval, after Caribbean Premier League alumus Glenn Phillips blasted a record, maiden hundred of 108 to set up the hosts.

The Windies bowling again was erratic, and Phillips smashed 10 fours and eight sixes in a 51-ball assault to record the fastest T20 hundred by a New Zealander, setting up the Blackcaps for an imposing 238 for three from their allocation of 20 overs in the rain-affected match.

Failed to carry on

None of the West Indies' batsmen could exhibit similar aggression against the disciplined, if not threatening New Zealand bowling - a handful got starts and failed to carry on - and the Caribbean side limped to 166 for nine from their 20 overs.

"We did not do ourselves any justice," Pollard said. "Obviously, there is no comparison between what we did (this past) Friday and what we did (in this match).

"The end result is we lost another game, so again, it is a matter of trying to pick ourselves up."

He added: "We lost the game in different parts. I believe between overs nine to 15, they got away from us and we did not execute our plans properly.

"Again, it shows that on the international stage, when you are slightly off, your opponents are there waiting to pounce. So Phillips batted well, Conway batted well, and we were not good enough with the ball again, and in the field, we did not do ourselves any favours with some sloppy fielding."

West Indies trail 0-2 in the three-match series, after losing the rain-marred first match this past Friday by five wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method.

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