West Indies ODI Captain, Kieron Pollard, says “tough decisions in certain scenarios” may have to be made following a top-order collapse in his sides thrilling 1-wicket win over Ireland.
A lower-order fightback and a bit of luck gave the Windies a one-wicket victory over Ireland and a series win in the Caribbean, since 2014, in their Colonial Medical Insurance One-Day International series at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Thursday.
Ireland batted first and scored 237-9 from their allocation of 50 overs. In reply only Shai Hope, 25, getting into double figures for the Windies top-order with Evin Lewis (7) Shimron Hetmyer (6) and Brandon King (0) all falling in cheap fashion.
“We can’t continue to give away our hands just like that when you have form and confidence because it could come back to bite you,” Pollard said.
However, the Windies were somewhat rescued by Nicholas Pooran (52) and Pollard (40). The two stitched a solid partnership to stage a sort of comeback, but, they too fell and the Irish looked set for victory once more.
“Nicholas got a pretty decent delivery and you can’t fault him but there were some very soft dismissals in our top order and when you look at it you see where we talk about it and guys keep giving it away,” the Windies skipper noted.
He said, “A lot of conversations need to take place. At the end of the day we came up with the victory but again, still not happy.
But after a rain break, lower-order batsmen Khary Pierre (18) and Hayden Walsh Jr (46*) brought their team within touching distance before Pierre was caught at slip.
Alzarri Joseph then stepped in and banged a few boundaries for a well played 16 and Sheldon Cottrell, in at number 11 and known for his bowling prowess, finished the match off with classic lofted cover drive for six to give the Windies a nervy one-wicket win.
Prior to the six from Cottrell, Ireland missed two golden run-out chances that could have won them the match and leveled the series.
“Thank God for small mercies. It took a total team effort for us to get to 237,” Pollard said.
He added “We take the win but again we didn’t tick many of the boxes that we spoke about.”