WI vs ENG: Kieron Pollard heaped praise on Rovman Powell;
WI vs ENG: West Indies limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard praised Rovman Powell who scored a century against England in the third T20I.
West Indies defeated England by 20 runs in the third T20I, thanks to Powell and Nicholas Pooran’s dominance with the bat and a good bowling performance.
“Powell vindicated the selection, but we still needed to bat well. Batted first and batted well, Powell came in and grasped the opportunity, so well done to him. We played well against spinners, that’s something that hasn’t happened in the recent past. We set the template, spoke about it a lot in the meetings. We can always bring the big shots into play, one boundary was short and we could clear it. Sometimes we’ll have to take the ego out of the game,” Pollard said after the game.
“I just used the dimensions of the ground well (while bowling) – our bowling line-up is a bit inexperienced and that has meant more overs for me, which is something I’m willing to do for the team. The challenge for us is to replicate this performance in the next game, the good thing is we can celebrate this win for a longer time. England are making changes, so we will have to come back and do exactly the same thing on Saturday,” he added.
The hosts have taken a 2-1 lead in the five-match series with this victory. On Saturday, the fourth T20I will be played.
With England chasing 225, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. With only Tom Banton and Philip Salt showing some tenacity with the bat. Banton scored 73 runs and Salt added 57 runs to the total. But it was not enough as the Windies won by 20 runs. Romario Shepherd grabbed three wickets for the West Indies, while Kieron Pollard took two.
Rovman Powell’s 107-run effort and Nicholas Pooran’s 70-run innings helped West Indies record 224/5 in the stipulated twenty overs. Moreover, Powell hit four fours and ten sixes in just 53 balls to score 107.
(With ANI Inputs)