West Indies allrounder Rovman Powell reckons his side could have beaten India in the second T20I had all 20 overs been bowled during the chase. West Indies, in the chase of 168, were 98/4 in 15.3 overs when play was stopped due to lightning. With rain following suit, play never resumed with India declared winners by 22 runs via the DLS method.
Even though the West Indies needed a daunting 70 to win off 27 balls, it could have been done according to Powell since his side had Carlos Brathwaite and Keemo Paul waiting to bat in the dugout with Kieron Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer already out in the middle. “I think we had sufficient wickets in hand,” Powell said after the game. “We had Kieron Pollard and (Shimron) Hetmyer at the crease, and Carlos Brathwaite and Keemo Paul to come in. I think those are guys that could have brought it to them. I guess in the end India are runaway winners but we don’t look at it and say we were far behind.”
Powell reasoned that the target could have been achievable since the pitch was a lot better compared to the first game where runs were hard to come by. West Indies managed just 95/9 in their quota before India struggled to chase the target down, losing six wickets in the process. “I think the wicket was a little bit better,” Powell observed. “It came onto the bat a little more. It didn’t spin as much or it wasn’t as slow as yesterday. As a team, I just thought we were an over behind. If the game had finished, we probably would have won or come very close.”
West Indies once again made a poor start with the bat losing both their openers by the third over with the gamble to open with Sunil Narine backfiring badly but Powell steadied the ship with a 76-run third wicket stand alongside Nicholas Pooran. While Pooran was struggling to get going, Powell was in his elements scoring a brisk half-century before getting dismissed by Krunal Pandya.
Having already played at the Central Broward Regional Park in the Caribbean Premier League for Jamaica Tallawahs, Powell admitted that he was familiar with the conditions. “I’m comfortable with the ground,” he said. “It has been my home ground for maybe the last year or two with regards to the CPL. So I’ve played a lot of cricket here. I think it has got very good facilities and I feel at home whenever I come here.”
Even though India have now clinched the series, Powell doesn’t believe there is a gulf in class between the two sides as they now head to Guyana for the final T20I. “What we will say is that the team that is heading to Guyana, we’re looking to put our best foot forward,” he said. “We think this Indian team is beatable and it’s just for us to string together good performances to show people that.”