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Kieron Pollard lauds his team for fighting till the very end against Pakistan despite loss

By Bet Barter

August 1, 2021

West Indies fell short of the target by just 8 runs in the second T20I against Pakistan to concede an early in the series. They lost only four wickets chasing 158 runs on a slow and low pitch in Guyana but couldn't get over the line. The over cautious approach in the powerplay where Mohammad Hafeez delivered a brilliant spell of 1/6 in his four overs cost the home team in the end.

However, Kieron Pollard is not so disappointed with the loss and has lauded his teammates for putting up a fight till the very end. Nicholas Pooran played a superb knock of unbeaten of 62 runs off 33 balls. But his heroics went in vain. Pollard was all praise of his bowlers who pulled things back superbly back in the death conceding only 23 runs and picking six wickets to restrict the visitors. But he rued allowing Hafeez to bowl so many dot balls during his spell and felt the batsmen could've rotated the strike.

"Thought 170-180 would have been too much and the way the guys came back in the last 10 overs with the ball and be consistent in that part of the game, was good. There was moisture and swing, grip for the bowlers, they (Pakistan) used the angles and used the wicket a lot more. Those Hafeez 4 overs for about 5 or 6 runs and you look back at that and say that we could have knocked a few singles here and there.

"Having said that the guys really fought through and yes we came out on the losing end but the fight we kept through, that was impressive. The way they (Pakistan) manoeuvred their leg-spinners. I thought it was well done by them and then we had to explode towards the end," Pollard said after the match.

Kieron Pollard further asserted that all hope is not lost for them and the team will stress on improvement continuously. "There are somethings we see there (during the chase) and we will continue to improve on that. Will have a lot of intense discussions and try and put your foot forward each and every time. It's all about improvement. For us, someone has to win and someone has to lose and yes we ended up on the losing end today but, all hope is not lost," the WI skipper further added.