St. Kitts. West Indies cricket team captain Nicholas Pooran said that if the team has to perform well in the upcoming series, especially in the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, then they need to perform consistently. West Indies won India a six-wicket haul from left-arm pacer Obed McCoy, who bowled the most impressively in T20 cricket history. He bundled out India for just 138 runs and led West Indies to victory by five wickets in the second match.
The 25-year-old pacer put on his best performance so far for West Indies as the hosts leveled the five-match series 1-1 in the final over. McCoy took 6/17 in a brilliant four-over spell, which was a fine example of his accurate bowling.
Opener Brandon King then top-scored with 68 (52 balls) and successfully chased it down to help them win.
Pooran said he was relieved after the match that West Indies had broken the losing streak.
I can finally breathe now. It was a tough time. We have lost some games that we could have won. The bowlers were fantastic, (especially) Obed McCoy. He used the pitch, the conditions and the wind well, Pooran said.
The batsmen got us off to a good start, and even if we stumbled for a while, a win is a win after all. I believe in T20 cricket, our better batsmen will have to bat more, especially me and (Shimron) Hetmyer. But we want to continue to take responsibility. (Brandon) King batted really well, thought he should win the game for us, but he will learn from it. (Devon) Thomas (31 off 19 balls) returned from injury and played brilliantly at his home ground, Pooran said.
Pooran admitted that left-arm pacer McCoy would need to be handled with care as he is a bit cynical.
He’s a little cynical, and we need to deal with him, but today he was excellent. (He) was bowling smart to Dinesh Karthik, it was good to have him in the team. Good as a left hand option.
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