West Indies wicket-beater Nicholas Pooran said the side were down 10-15 from the normal scoreline after losing the first T20I of the three-game series to India by six wickets. Pooran scored 61 runs from 43 balls playing a key role in the visitors’ tally of 157/7.
West Indies made a disappointing start to the T20I series against India losing the first match of the series by six wickets. The game was played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. India opted to play box first given the dew factor in the game. West Indies continued to lose wickets at regular intervals but Nicholas Pooran played a 61 run from 43 balls .
The visitors posted a 157/7 aggregate in the opening innings and India chased the target with a loss of four wickets in the penultimate. Reflecting on the loss, Pooran felt that the team had dropped 10-15 points from the normal score and that the goal should have been higher.
“The game definitely slipped, we missed 10-15 runs to be honest, 170-175 would have been perfect on that kind of track. I can’t really fault the bowlers, as hitters we had to pace our innings a bit smarter,” Pooran told a virtual press conference.
“It was a bit difficult today, the ball was stopping a bit, it was two beats. I thought India were playing well, there’s a lot of dew here, throwing was also a big factor The conditions and the dew played a big factor at the end.”
Pooran also said that Jason Holder who missed the game after being shot in the chest, looks good now and could play the next game.
“Jason Holder seems fine, he should be ready for the next game. I don’t know the details of his problem so I can’t say anything about it,” he revealed.
India got off to a flying start as skipper Rohit Sharma scored 40 runs from just 19 balls. The hunt became difficult in the middle because the limits did not arrive easily. However, Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer built a crucial partnership to bring India to the finish line. Pooran said the ball went into the bat better in the second inning.
“I thought the wicket was playing better in the second half. The ball was coming in a bit better as well,” he said.
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