WI vs ENG: ‘Couple of balls can take game away in T20 cricket’ says Kieron Pollard;
WI vs ENG: West Indies limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard was disappointed after his side was beaten by England by 34 runs in the fourth T20I of the five-match series on Sunday at the Kensington Oval.
England has now tied the five-match series at 2-2, and the series decider will take place on Sunday evening.
“It was a game of two halves. It spun in the night but did not do much when we were bowling. You can look at it in hindsight (if Allen should have played instead of Drakes), but I thought he (Drakes) was unlucky as he went for a couple of streaky boundaries. We let it slip towards the back end. That’s the nature of T20 cricket, it takes only a couple of balls or hits to take the game away,” said Pollard after the game.
“They got the extra 20 runs to put the game beyond us. We lost a few wickets in the middle and that halted our momentum as well. He (Rashid) has bowled exceptionally well right through the series and has used the conditions well,” he added.
West Indies, chasing 194, were unable to generate the required momentum in their innings, falling 34 runs short of the objective. Kyle Mayers (40) and Jason Holder (36) got things rolling with the bat, but their efforts were not enough in the end.
Earlier, Moeen Ali scored 63 runs off 28 balls, including one four and seven sixes, to help England reach 193/6 in the allocated twenty overs.
Jason Roy (52) and James Vince (34) both scored runs for England, while Jason Holder took three wickets for the West Indies.