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‘Many gave up on us’: Kieron Pollard after West Indies won T20I series against England | Cricket News – Times of India


BRIDGETOWN (Barbados): West Indies‘ white-ball skipper Kieron Pollard has said that every individual in the dressing room has rallied around and the T20I series win against England is a special one.
Pollard shared his thoughts after the fifth T20I, which the hosts managed to win in dramatic fashion to clinch the five-match series 3-2.
Holder’s 5/27, including a hat-trick, and Akeal Hosein’s four-wicket haul helped West Indies defeat England by 17 runs at the Kensington Oval on Sunday. With this win, West Indies won the five-match series 3-2.

“It’s wonderful. Many have given up on this team, but every single individual has rallied around. There have been a lot of negative things written about us, but this win is for everyone out in the dressing room. They have worked tirelessly coming from Jamaica (after the Ireland series) and have bounced back pretty well,” said Pollard.
“We now have an understanding as to how to get the game going. We have come close to winning several times before, but came short at times.
“We have learnt from all these things. This was a virtual final, so runs on the board are crucial. Whatever (total) we get, we can add 10-15 runs tagged to the pressure,” said the skipper.

Chasing 180, only James Vince got going for England with the bat as he played a 55-run knock from 35 balls. Sam Billings also chipped in with his 41 runs, but it did not prove enough as West Indies kept taking wickets at regular intervals.
“We started well (with the ball), did stall in the middle, but I thought we did well in the last four overs…everything we tried came off pretty well, Akeal at the start and spinners in the middle, and I thought Brandon (King) had a great series.”
Holder’s four wickets in four balls in the final over turned the game on its head.

“You can’t keep Holder out of the game. Akeal was good and so was Odean, despite what has been written about him. His three overs at the top were crucial. As I said before, it was a complete team effort,” he added.
Holder and Hosein were the standout performers and the duo ensured that the hosts end up winning the series.
Earlier, Pollard and Rovman Powell played unbeaten knocks of 41 and 35 to help West Indies post 179/4 in the allotted twenty overs. For England, Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone returned with two wickets each.





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