Windies mis­fired

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates, (CMC): CAP­TAIN CAR­LOS Brath­waite said West In­dies sim­ply did not fire in the open­ing Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional of the three-match se­ries against Pak­istan yes­ter­day.

Playing at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium, West In­dies were hum­bled by nine wick­ets, af­ter be­ing bun­dled out for a pal­try 115 and then watch­ing as Pak­istan eased to their tar­get with nearly five overs re­main­ing.

How­ever, Brath­waite said West In­dies were an at­tack­ing side and there were times when their brand of cricket would not pay div­i­dends.

“We are an ag­gres­sive, ex­cit­ing team. Two games ago we scored 240-odd, and to­day we scored 115,” Brath­waite told re­porters.

“We have ebbs and flows, ups and downs. To­day, it just didn’t come off for us. I don’t think we as­sessed the con­di­tions quickly enough. A ma­jor­ity of the shots didn’t show sit­u­a­tion aware­ness.

“I don’t want to say we just didn’t bat well [be­cause] credit must go to Imad Wasim. He bowled fan­tas­ti­cally well. Any­time you get five for 14 in an in­ter­na­tional game, you must be do­ing some­thing right.”

He con­tin­ued: “It’s a com­bi­na­tion of good bowl­ing, not as good ex­e­cu­tion on the bat­ting front but these things hap­pen. We’re an ag­gres­sive team as I said be­fore, and I won’t tell any of the guys to lose their ag­gres­sion. It’s just a mat­ter of be­ing more sit­u­a­tion aware go­ing into to­mor­row’s (to­day) game and into the last one.”

LOST WICK­ETS STEADILY

Sent in, West In­dies lost wick­ets steadily to plum­met to 48 for eight in the 12th over and looked in dan­ger of be­ing dis­missed for un­der 100 at one stage.

Most of their bats­men fell to in­ju­di­cious strokes on a slow wicket and only all-rounder Dwayne Bravo with a top score of 55 off 54 balls, showed any char­ac­ter.

Brath­waite de­fended his side’s ag­gres­sive approach but noted they had failed to ex­e­cute prop­erly.

“We didn’t ex­e­cute the way we wanted to but on an­other day, those same shots could have gone for bound­aries and sixes and we would have been sit­ting 45, 50 for one af­ter the first six [overs], set­ting a beau­ti­ful plat­form to then go on and score 140, 150, which looked like it would have been a win­ning total on the sur­face to­day,” said the all-rounder, in only his third game as skip­per af­ter tak­ing wovheor from the two-time World Cup-win­ning cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy, who was shock­ingly sacked last month.

West In­dies were un­done by left-arm spin­ner Imad Wasim, who opened the bowl­ing and fin­ished with the su­perb fig­ures of five for 14 from his four overs – the first fivewicket haul in T20 In­ter­na­tion­als by a Pak­istani spin­ner.

The 27-year-old fea­tured promi­nently for Ja­maica Tallawahs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League, and Brath­waite said he had used his knowl­edge of the West In­dies play­ers well.

BRATH­WAITE

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