Pollard rails bowlers for letting Sri Lanka off the hook
Severely chiding his bowlers for Monday's defeat against Sri Lanka, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said their performance was "unacceptable" as they let Lanka score heavily despite dominating the early part of their innings.cricket Updated: Jul 09, 2013 14:32 IST
Severely chiding his bowlers for the defeat against Sri Lanka, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said their performance was "unacceptable" as they let Lanka score heavily despite dominating the early part of their innings.
West Indies had reduced Sri Lanka to 60-3 in 19 overs on Sunday, but allowed the visitors to score 159 in 22 overs on Monday night in the rain-curtailed 41-over-a-side game.
"We undid the (good) work we did. It wasn't right on our part. When you set plans, you have to bowl the plans. We were all over the shop. You can't set fields for bad bowling. If we are honest with ourselves, our bowling was not up to the mark. 31 extras is totally unacceptable," he said after 39-run defeat.
Set a revised target of 230, West Indies slumped to 31 for four in 8.4 overs before Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons tried to lift the innings and Pollard said batsmen too were responsible for their misery.
"Bravo and Simmons brought us back, but if we are totally honest with ourselves, myself included, we haven't batted well. We always put ourselves in these situations. As cricketers, we need to find a way out. It should not have come down to this," he said.
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews, who scalped four batsmen, was glad that his team could put enough runs on the board in the rain-affected match.
"Very pleased with the boys. They showed a lot of character. Especially on the first day. I thought Sangakkara batted brilliantly, he held the innings together," he said.
"We had a team talk, and we needed to get runs. Especially with D/L, batting first is a disadvantage. It is tough to play around rain delays batting first. We had to get the runs, and I am glad that we got the runs," he added.