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20-20 World Cup: ‘It’s a do-or-die game for us’: Nicholas Pooran puts his weight behind West Indies to revive their campaign

By BetBarter Staff

October 29, 2021

West Indies are in a very tricky position in the 20-20 World Cup. The defending champions have lost both their games against England and South Africa and are tottering at the bottom of the points table. West Indies are in Group A, a comparatively tougher of the two Groups.

The Men in Maroon can only qualify for the next round if they can win their remaining three games. They are currently up against Bangladesh, who also come into the match after suffering twin defeats to Sri Lanka and England. A loss for either side will end their campaign in the 20-20 World Cup. West Indies if late have struggled against Bangladesh and given the conditions, it won't be easy for them to pip the Tigers. However, wicketkeeper batter Nicholas Pooran has put his weight behind the team to do well.

“I definitely think it’s a good opportunity for us to bounce back,” Pooran told reporters. “It’s just another game of cricket. Anyone can win. But... it’s a do-or-die game for us. And we believe that we’re going to be successful tomorrow [Friday],” Pooran had said.

The problem for the Kieron Pollard-led team has been the batting. The power hitters have largely struggled on the slow and low wickets in the UAE. Against England, they were bundled out for just 55 and versus South Africa, they could only score 143. Pooran said the team is aware of the issues in batting and the players are focused on performing well for the side in coming games.

“If you can accept that we weren’t good on the first two games, I think as batsmen, as a team, we already accepted that we didn’t come to the party. And we’re looking forward to moving forward and hopefully, we can do much better.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh have won the toss and put West Indies in to bat. The start for the Men in Maroon have not been that great as the team is struggling at 58-3 in 11 overs at the time of writing. The team has added Jason Holder to the playing XI. Holder was drafted into the side after Obed McCoy was ruled out of the tournament owing to a shin injury. With Pooran and Holder to come, West Indies can hope to post a decent total and then defend it.