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Fabian Allen (IANS Photo)

West Indies suffered a five-wicket defeat in the three-match T20I series opener at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Batting first on a difficult wicket, the current world champions were limited to 109/8 in 20 overs.

None of their batsmen made substantial contribution and if it wasn’t for a handy 20-ball 27 from debutant Fabian Allen, they would have not even crossed the 100-run mark.

Allen blamed the over-aggressive approach of his batters for a below-par total. “It was not the best wicket but we had to be patient, should have played the ball on merit,” Allen said at the post-match conference on Sunday. “We were too aggressive; I think we could have easily got 150 or 140, that was the target we were looking for.”

Kolkata’s T20I was West Indies first defeat to India in five matches. India’s Dinesh Karthik dropped anchor to guide a tricky chase, scoring an unbeaten 31 off 34.

“It’s one of those days. We will look to come back in the next game. I hope we learn from this and take it to our next game. In T20s, you have to expect anything. We will just look to bounce back in the next game,” Allen said.

He continued, “Anything is possible in T20. it does not matter how many wickets you lose… We could have executed efficiently. It was our first game, we will try to execute our plan and play the ball on merit.”

Windies are depleted by the absence of several of their first-choice T20 stars including Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse and allrounder Andre Russell who was ruled out of the series on the eve of the first T20I. “Of course, he (Russell) is a crucial player in the team, a leader. Chris Gayle was also not around. Young players tried to contribute as much they can,” he said.