Hyderabad: Thrashed out of the game, thanks to Virat Kohli’s murderous knock, West Indies captain rued the lack of disciplined bowling in their six-wicket loss to India in the first T20 here on Friday night.
The visitors failed to defend an impressive 207 after Kohli went hammer and tongs to smash an unbeaten 94 in just 50 balls to engineer India's highest successful chase and pull the carpet under the Caribbeans' feet.
“Discipline in bowling and execution let us down tonight. We gave 23 extras, 14 or 15 of those were wides. No balls too are non-negotiable and we bowled a couple of them tonight. It’s something we need to look on. When you give a class team like India these many extra deliveries, you are destined for trouble,” Pollard said after the match.
He had no complaints with the third umpire calling front foot no balls, a rule change that is on trial in the current series. Three of his calls went against the Windies. “It is what it is, some things you can’t control. I can’t control what they do or what rules they bring into cricket. So to me that’s not a bother and I am not going to fuss about fight over that. We need to control what’s in our hands and that’s playing cricket. We need to keep our foot behind the line, if we do that the umpire upstairs won’t come into play,” Pollard said.
The skipper was happy to take the positives out of the match though. “We batted pretty well. We scored above 200 runs which more often than not you take that. I must commend the batters the way they went out and executed. Het-myer getting back into runs, King scoring some runs, it’s exciting times for us,” he said....