Pollard blames indiscipline for Windies loss to Kiwis in first T20 international

Voice of West Indies T20 captain Kieron Pollard

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard says indiscipline was the main culprit in their 5 wicket defeat via the Duckworth Lewis Method to host New Zealand in the opening T20 International, a day/night affair in Auckland on Friday.

The match was reduced to 16 overs a side because of rain delays which twice interrupted the start of the West Indies innings.

Sent to bat, The West Indies got off to a solid start at 58-0,   before suffering a dramatic middle order collapse, slumping to 59-5.

However, Pollard  blasted a career-best 75 off 37 deliveries including 4 fours and 8 sixes, as the Caribbean side recovered to post 180-7.

Jamaica's Fabian Allen also chipped in with 30 off 26 deliveries, while Andre Fletcher made 34. Another Jamaican, Brandon King made 13. Man of the Match Lockie Ferguson took 5-21.

Set a revised target of 176 to win, New Zealand were reduced to 63-4 at one stage but recovered to achieve victory at 179-5 with four balls to spare.

Jimmy Neesham top scored 48 not out, while Devon Conway also made 41 to give New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series.

Jamaican pacer Oshane Thomas took 2-23. The second match takes place on Saturday evening Caribbean time.



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