Nicholas Pooran batted half a century in the 1st T20I against India© AFP
West Indian batters were thrown into two minds while tackling Indian spinners in the opening T20I, said vice-captain Nicholas Pooran, who urged the batting unit to make “minor adjustments” to get good at the next two games of the three-game series. Opener Kyle Mayers got the West Indies off to a good start as they hit 44 for one in the first six overs, but Indian spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and debutant Ravi Bishnoi took three wickets between them to derail the visitors in the middle overs and limit to 157 for 7 at Eden Gardens.
“We felt we were 10-15 runs short to be honest. A total of 170-75 would have been a good score on this lane. We can’t really fault the bowlers. As batters we had to play a little smarter Pooran said on the post-match media interaction here.
He urged their batters to hit harder, saying, “Again it’s our hitting power (it needs to improve). We played the spinners pretty well today. We just want to continue building partnerships. We just need the spinners debunk a little better.
“Today we were in doubt whether to attack them or keep them out of the game and we were in two minds there. So there were minor repairs and minor adjustments to be made. We just need to be a bit more creative in the next games and execute our plans well .” Pooran said dew played a key role as it became easier for the Indians to hit second under heavy dew, who shot to a six-wicket win to lead 1-0 in the series.
“It (dew) was obviously a big factor. If you look at the game you see the bowlers struggling to hold onto the ball in the last five overs. I think the wicket played better in the second half of the game ,” he said. †
“The wicket was a bit tricky… I think the ball stopped a bit. They threw well. The wicket was at two speeds. Even the spinners and Seamers when they threw back from the length it was hard to keep up the pace judging the wicket,” said Pooran, who returned to form with a 43-ball 61.
“Hitting through the line was difficult early in the innings. There was a lot of dew because you can see a lot of guys wiping the ball, so a lot of full tosses were bowled in the end.”
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