Carlos Brathwaite: ‘We didn’t assess the conditions well’

After putting up 95 on board, Windies fought back with the ball but could not stretch the game longer due to the small target.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite feels his side fell 30 to 40 runs short in the first T20I against India on Saturday.   -  FILE PHOTO/ REUTERS

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite feels his side failed to assess the conditions leading up to the first T20I in Florida on Saturday. The Caribbeans choked in front of the Indian bowlers, scoring 95 for the loss of nine wickets in its stipulated 20 overs.

The host fought back. At one stage, India was reeling at 69 for the loss of five wickets but the small target helped the men in blue romp home with four wickets in hand.

“We didn't assess the conditions well. Kudos to Polly (Kieron Pollard) for leading the team with the bat, showed his experience. 130-140 would have been good on that wicket. We showed great heart to take the game as deep as we did and it shows that we batted ourselves out of the game with out lack of assessment early,” Brathwaite said at the post match presentation ceremony.

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“We ask the guys to play positive, aggressive cricket as we West Indians instinctively do. The message would be to keep the intent, however you need to assess better and be smarter with shot selection,” he added.

Brathwaite also praised off-spinner Sunil Narine who bowled a tight spell picking up two wickets. “Sunil's four overs are very important. The pacers did well to set it up as well.”

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