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Windies Seek Turn Around In Fortune Given Shellacking By New Zealand

After their 4-1 defeat at the hands of India in the previous T20 International series, the West Indies is now 2 nil down in the second of the three-match series against New Zealand that is being played at Sabina Park.

Despite the heavy defeat, the Windies are optimistic that they can still compete against the Kiwis, who are back to full strength.

The visitors are on a six-match winning streak against the Windies in the T20 format.

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, lauded his team for their performance while at the same expressing wariness toward the Windies team.

“We know how strong this WI team is and the fire power they certainly have.”

He noted that his players are executing their plans fairly well and will be seeking to get better.

He said, “Today to go out and execute our plans, there were some outstanding contributions there and to back that up with the ball and the field again, it was an improved performance.”

He stated that he anticipated a tough tournament and consequently pull out all the stops to get the better of the opposition.

“Look, from the outset we knew the schedule was going to be tough so we do have to manage our players but being on the same surface, we also felt that Michael would add to the side and he did in a big way. The way the guys stuck together, it was a really good all-round performance.”

He said further “We know that T20 cricket can be very fickle in its nature. We are just trying to improve and bring guys into the side and give them clear roles. It’s not trying too hard just to try and make contributions to your team and the style of cricket that we are trying to play. Just trying to keep things nice and simple. The personnel keeps changing, so for a side like us, we are sort of just working towards it, but it is nice to see a couple of good performances. We got another one in a couple of days’ time and a few more after that as well. It is just about taking the small steps forward.”

Meanwhile, Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies captain, bemoaned the lack of performance by his team but vowed that they will compete once players assume greater responsibility.

He said, “We just didn’t show up today. New Zealand scored a big total as well. They batted us out of the game. Losing two wickets in the second over, we just couldn’t build a partnership from there. [On having just one spinner] In hindsight, yes. We just have two spinners. Akeal [Hosein] is resting as well, so it is kind of difficult to play both of them at the same time. Ideally, we would love to play both of them. It is what it is, we accept the consequences. We didn’t bowl well, we should have pitched up a bit more. We were indisciplined.”

He further said, “We keep chatting about the same thing over and over in meetings and whenever we come out on the cricket field, we just seem to let ourselves down. We were not able to execute our plans. [Message shared before the chase] We felt that we had to stay in the game, but it just didn’t start well for us. We are struggling, we were out-played but this is life. At the moment things are not going our way.”

The Windies captain noted the disappointment but argued that collectively the players are left with no option but to motivate themselves and come back better.

“It is getting more and more difficult but the more cricket we play, our performance will grow. This is just something we need to accept, stay in it, and fight, we are a new group. We are going to be frustrated, we are going to be disappointed in ourselves, but it is what it is. We can’t come everyday and perform the way everyone wants us to perform. We can’t come and win every single game. But these are the times we have to stick together as a group. It is difficult, and everyone is going to say that we are losing cricket games, but we are playing cricket games every two days, and it is not that easy on the guys, as well. I am happy the guys are actually fighting it out. It is not that easy to just come on a cricket field, show up and win in cricket every single time, especially when you don’t have a pool of players. It is just 15 players, and four players are injured, so I am proud of the boys.”

The last match will be played at the same venue this Sunday.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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