West Indies skipper disappointed with batting decisions

By August 03, 2019
West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite reacts after being caught and bowled by India's Krunal Pandya during the first Twenty20 international cricket match, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Lauderhill, Fort Lauderdale. West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite reacts after being caught and bowled by India's Krunal Pandya during the first Twenty20 international cricket match, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Lauderhill, Fort Lauderdale. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Windies skipper, Carlos Brathwaite believes his unit could have made a fight of the first T20 international against India in Lauderhill on Saturday had there been but a few better decisions with the bat.

According to the skipper, the T20 side, stacked with new-ish faces, not for the first time, did not adapt to the conditions they were faced with after early-morning showers made batting a little tougher.

“Once again don't think we assessed conditions,” said Brathwaite after the game the West Indies lost by four wickets.

Batting first, the ‘home’ side amassed a paltry 95-9 from their 20 overs, thanks in large part to Kieron Pollard’s run-a-ball 49.

Sent to bat at number four, Pollard showed experience in waiting for the right moments to get the scoring going, but fell in the 20th over.

Brathwaite paid attention.

“Kudos to Kieron coming back into the team. He showed his experience,” he said.

“Had we made 130, it would've been a different game. We batted ourselves out of the game,” said a disappointed Brathwaite.

The skipper admits that the West Indies style of being aggressive up front would not change, but that there were still better decisions to be made when doing so.

“We have to play positively. The message will continue to be to keep intent, but we need to have better shot selection and awareness,” said the skipper.

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