T20 WC: Nicholas Pooran described Kieron Pollard as a “wonderful captain.© Twitter
West Indies fittings Nicholas Pooran Kieron Pollard described Thursday as a “wonderful captain” while the defending champion faces T20 World Cup survival struggle against equally unfortunate Bangladesh. The West Indies have lost both of their Super 12 matches so far and another defeat on Friday against Bangladesh will end their hopes of reaching the semi-finals. They were bowled out for just 55 against England to lose by six wickets and then knocked out of the field for 143 against South Africa, who came out on top after an eight-wicket victory.
This is all far from the joy of their sensational last win against England in the 2016 final in Kolkata.
“We have an amazing captain. He knows what he’s doing,” said Pooran, one of his team’s underachieving batsmen who has so far scored scores of one and 12.
“Whatever he says applies, and we support him to make some very good decisions so that we can be successful tomorrow,” he added.
Bangladesh were just as unconvincing and lost a qualifier against Scotland before pushing into the Super 12s, where they lost by five wickets to Sri Lanka and eight wickets to England.
Sharjah, with its short borders, is an enticing paradise for the sport’s big hits.
Afghanistan piled up 190 against Scotland. Even Bangladesh made 171 before Sri Lanka comfortably chased the target at the Gulf venue.
However, it is also a spinners’ dream pitch.
Against Scotland, Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman won 5-20 and Rashid Khan 4-9.
“Sharjah can be a difficult wicket,” Pooran admitted.
“But we support all the batsmen 100 percent. No matter if they are right-handed or left-handed batsmen. We support them to do the work for us. As a team we have already accepted that we did not come to the party. “And we look forward to moving forward and hopefully we can do much better,” he added.
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