Windies skipper Kieron Pollard has pointed out running between the wickets as a key area of concern for the team, on the back of a surprise four-runs loss to Ireland in the opening T20 international.
On the back of a brisk 95 off 47 balls, which included an explosive eight 6s, the Irish posted 208 for 7. The Windies, led by Evin Lewis’ 53 and a decent all-round team batting performance, made a good chase of the target before running out of enough balls to get there.
In analyzing the match, Pollard commended the bowlers for recovering from a poor start and the batsmen for making a competitive chase of the target. He, however, believes the team could have done more running between the crease.
“When we were batting we did not have the urgency running between the wickets. We know we are a good power-hitting team but when the singles are there and the twos are there we need to run hard between the wickets,” Pollard said.
“When Ireland were batting they hit the ball to our fieldsmen and they ran and that is something we did not do,” he added.
In their total, the Windies amassed 142 boundaries with 55 singles as compared to Ireland’s 124 boundary runs and 74 singles.