Wrong ex­e­cu­tion

Coach be­moans WI bat­ting ap­proach in Dubai con­di­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

BAT­TING COACH Toby Rad­ford said West Indies once again failed to ad­just to con­di­tions in Satur­day night’s sec­ond Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional and need to find an­swers ahead of the fi­nal game to­mor­row.

For the sec­ond straight day, the reign­ing World cham­pi­ons found them­selves com­pletely out­classed by Pak­istan, this time slump­ing to a 16-run de­feat to sur­ren­der the three-match se­ries.

Rad­ford said his side’s bat­ting per­for­mance had once again been “dis­ap­point­ing”, point­ing out that it fol­lowed a sim­i­lar trend to Fri­day’s nine-wicket loss in the open­ing game.

“The first power play to­day and yes­ter­day were sim­i­lar. (We were) five (wick­ets) down yes­ter­day, three down in the first six (overs) to­day, and I think the big dif­fer­ence, when you looked at Pak­istan in the first six, (is that) they were 38 for one (in the open­ing game) and 39 for one (to­day),” said the English­man, who joined the side just be­fore the se­ries.

“Clearly, the game plan from Pak­istan has been to have slow wick­ets, bowl a lot of spin and have very big bound­aries. The West Indies are known to be a big six-hit­ting and bound­ary-hit­ting side and nor­mally play on slightly quicker pitches and slightly smaller out­fields, but it is up to us to find a way around that.”

Chas­ing 161 for vic­tory at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium in or­der to level the se­ries, West Indies never got go­ing, slump­ing to 19 for three in the sixth over and then 89 for seven in the 16th.

“I thought So­hail Tan­vir bowled very well with the new ball tonight and picked up two wick­ets. I thought yes­ter­day Imad (Wasim) pick­ing up five wick­ets was very, very good,” Rad­ford said about the first game on Fri­day.


“(They are) qual­ity spin bowlers on pitches they are used to bowl­ing on and they did a very good job. We didn’t find a way with the bat to com­bat that. It cer­tainly wasn’t through a lack of ef­fort by the play­ers; they just found it very dif­fi­cult. It’s dis­ap­point­ing.”

Rad­ford was quick to praise Pak­istan’s bat­ting ef­fort, which saw them tally 160 for four off their 20 overs af­ter be­ing sent in.

“Pak­istan have bowled well and have ac­tu­ally fielded very well, and when they bat­ted, they showed that on a slow wicket and a big out­field, it’s ac­tu­ally all about knock­ing the ball into gaps and do­ing a lot of run­ning,” he ex­plained.

“They ran a lot of twos, which I think re­ally stretched us, and I don’t think it was ever go­ing to be a game for lots of bound­aries be­cause I don’t think it was that type of sur­face or that type of out­field.”


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