Pollard: WI must take the blame

beadottin, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 02 December 2012

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KHULNA – West Indies vice-captain Kieron Pollard is confident the team will bounce back from their defeat against Bangladesh in the first One-Day International. After completing a clean sweep of the two-match Test series, West Indies slumped to a seven-wicket loss in the first ODI in which Pollard lamented his team’s indisciplined batting. The two sides meet in the second match of the series today (starting 11 p.m Barbados time last night). “It is a matter of us regrouping as international cricketers – and professionals – and giving a good account of ourselves and winning in these conditions because we have done it before,” Pollard said. Opting to bat first, West Indies were dismissed for an inadequate 199 off 46.5 overs, and opener Tamim Iqbal (58) and Naeem Islam (50 not out) then stroked half-centuries to see the Tigers home safely. “We did not get many runs on the board and Bangladesh showed us how we should have batted on that pitch. They played better than us and we gifted our wickets away and they gladly accepted,” Pollard said. “We have to blame ourselves for the way we batted. I think it is a matter of patience and a matter of playing each ball on its merit. We did not do enough of it in this match. “We played injudicious strokes at times when we needed to buckle down and build partnerships and when we were able to build partnerships we gave it away.” West Indies got an opening stand of 48 from Chris Gayle (35) and Lendl Simmons (13), but then lost wickets in clusters as off-spinner Sohag Gazi (4-29) and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak (3-39), crippled the innings. At one point, the Windies were reeling at 133 for eight before Sunil Narine, who topscored with 36 and Ravi Rampaul (25) combined in a 57-run, ninth wicket stand to add respectability to the total. Pollard, who was also guilty of a loose shot that led to his dismissal for 15, said the Caribbean side now had to take responsibility for their shortcomings and regroup quickly. “At the end of the day, we have to accept where we went wrong and we can’t look for excuses. It is about regrouping,” he stressed. “This is international cricket and we, as batsmen, have to take it upon ourselves to bat 50 overs and not let the tail bat for 10 to 15 overs like they did here.” (CMC/HG)

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