“As batters We needed to Play a bit smarter” Nicholas Pooran explains what they need to improve for the 2nd T20I against India

India defeated West Indies by six wickets on Wednesday in the first T20 international in Kolkata, India.

Batting first, West Indies scored 157 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs.

Nicholas Pooran topscored with 61 from 43 balls, including four boundaries and five sixes.

India reached their victory target without alarm, with seven balls to spare.

Rostan Chase was West Indies’ best bowler with two wickets for 14 runs.

Nicholas Puran played an outstanding innings scoring 63 off 43 balls with 04 fours and 05 sixes. Commenting after the match, Pooran said that he missed 10 to 15 runs and the bowlers could not be blamed.

“We felt 10-15 runs short to be honest. A total 170-75 would have been a good score on this track. We can’t really fault the bowlers. As batters we needed to play a bit smarter.”

He further added that batting should be further improved and partnerships should continue to be built. He also said that the spin bowlers played well and they need to be Pace a bit better.

He also said that they had two minds in yesterday’s match. That is, whether to attack or not. They also said they need to make small adjustments and be creative for the next game.

“Today we were in two minds whether to attack them or keep them out of the game and we got caught in two minds there. So small fixes and minor adjustments needed to be done. We just need to be a bit more creative in the next game and execute our plans well.”

He also said that the West Indies bowlers were helpless as they were unable to catch the ball in the last five overs.

“It (dew) was a big factor obviously. If you look at the game then you see the bowlers struggling to grip the ball in the last five overs. I think the wicket played better in the second half of the game.” he said.

He said the wicket was a tactical one and it was difficult for spinners and fast bowlers to grasp the pace properly when bowling.


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