Kieron Pollard blames all-round failure for loss to Sri Lanka in tri-series

Kieron Pollard said his side failed both with bat and ball against Sri Lanka in their 39-run defeat on Monday © Getty Images

Port Of Spain: Jul 9, 2013

West Indies stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard has blamed both his bowlers and batsmen alike for the 39-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the crucial rain-affected One-Day International (ODI) of the tri-series in Port of Spain.

After reducing Sri Lanka to 60-3 in 19 overs on Sunday, West Indies allowed the visitors to score 159 in 22 overs last night in the rain-curtailed 41-over-a-side game and Pollard said it was not right on their part.

“We undid the work we did yesterday. It wasn’t right on our part. When you set plans, you have to bowl the plans. We were all over the shop. You can’t set fields for bad bowling. If we are honest with ourselves, our bowling was not up to the mark. Thirty-one extras is totally unexpectable,” he said.

Set a revised target of 230, West Indies slumped to 31 for four in 8.4 overs before Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons tried to lift the innings and Pollard said it was equally bad batting on the part of his team.

“Bravo and Simmons brought us back, but if we are totally honest with ourselves, myself included, we haven’t batted well. We always put ourselves in these situations. As cricketers, we need to find a way out. It should not have come down to this,” he said.