The visiting West Indies team witnessed a completely different approach followed by the Indian batting line-up in the third and final series deciding T20I match in Mumbai. Starting from both the openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, India played some dynamic, fearless and attacking cricket that propelled them to a huge 240 for 3 in 20 overs. The scoreboard pressure haunted the visitors in the second innings which forced them to keep going for shots all the time.
We didn’t execute as we wanted
In the post-match press conference, Kieron Pollard mentioned that his team failed to execute the desired plans and that was the major reason for the convincing loss. Windies opener Evin Lewis pulled up an injury during the first innings and was not available to bat during the mammoth run-chase. The visitors lost quick wickets at the top that also never helped their cause.
"It is what it is - they scored 240... I thought we didn't execute as we wanted. Yes they got off to a good start but we got a couple of wickets where we got back into the game. But when we came back in that scenario we didn't execute properly. That has been the story this series in terms of where we need to improve. It got away from us, but we chased big totals before. We chased 230 against South Africa in South Africa, we chased a big total here in 2016, 200-plus has been chased at this ground so it was not impossible,” said Kieron Pollard.
“But it was going to be a steep uphill battle. And then to lose Evin didn't help our cause. Everyone else had to go in and put in that extra effort but we faltered at the end. Having said that, I thought as a batting unit throughout the series, we have been consistent. Scores of 200, 170, 170-odd, has been a must for us as a team in the last 12-18 months or so. Again, a positive step in the right direction. The guys showed positive intent and we didn't get over the line tonight, but it was a big step for us throughout the series," he added.
"Not difficult. Again, there is [are] a lot of positives coming out of this series. You're talking about it being difficult and I'm talking about positivity. But, no, it's a different format altogether and couple of different guys - six guys I think - coming in who haven't been here since the start of November. They've been working hard and get an opportunity to see how the Indian team goes about things and hopefully we can plan and execute better. It's not going to be difficult at all - we've brought the series into a final game here, which I'm sure a lot of you guys didn't think would happen, if I'm being honest. But, it has happened, which means guys are doing the right thing and we're going to continue how we prepare," the West Indies skipper concluded.