‘We could have given a better display…’: Rovman Powell minces no words after loss vs ENG

West Indies captain Rovman Powell admitted that his team was “15-20 runs short” as the co-hosts lost to England in their first Super 8 match of the T20 World Cup 2024 on Thursday in St Lucia. This was also West Indies’ first defeat at the tournament . Batting first, the Windies could only score 180/4 at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.

The target was chased down by England with eight wickets and 15 balls remaining as opener Phil Salt scored 87 not out off 47 balls.

“When you look from the batting perspective, we were 15-20 runs short,” Powell said after the match. “We could have given a better display with the ball as a bowling group. We couldn’t capitalise in the last five overs but credit to the English bowlers, they executed their plans very well.

“It’s always difficult, every time he plays against West Indies, he hurts us. We couldn’t execute our plans against Phil. Our destiny is in our own hands and we need to win well, we need to continue playing good cricket.”

On Brandon King’s injury, who was forced to retire after suffering a side strain, Powell said: “Just a bit worried, but hopefully he can pull through for the next game.”

England captain Jos Buttler praised his team for executing the plans in all the departments.

“That’s a really good performance from us, we executed well with both bat and ball,” he said. “I thought we bowled really well to restrict such a powerful batting line-up, still we had to chase it down. but smart play from us. The partnership between Salt and Bairstow was great.”

Opener Salt was happy to “contribute” to England’s win.

“I like batting here, but I’m more happy to have contributed to a good team win.”

He also hit Romario Shepherd for 30 runs in an over with three sixes and as many fours. Talking about the over, Salt said: “It was tough against spin in the middle overs, but I knew pace would come at some stage, the wind was blowing at one end, there was one short boundary and I backed myself to take him on.”

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