West Indies legend Brian Lara has lauded his team’s effort in the second T20I against India. The Caribbean team vanquished the hosts by eight wickets at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.
The Trinidad born took to Twitter to express his feelings.
“This is a pretty strong West Indies T20 team good comeback victory after the disappointment of the first game,” tweeted Lara.
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) December 9, 2019
Before the start of the three-match series, Lara showed confidence in Kieron Pollard and said he could be a good captain.
“There is a World Cup in under 12 months, and you are looking for the right person, someone who can keep the ground running. He has the experience to do so. It is a good decision, but it is still going to be an uphill battle,” said Lara.
“He has played all around the World in different leagues. He has gained a lot of respect from the opposition. I didn’t see it as a bad decision,” added Lara.
In the second T20I, Pollard-led Men in Maroon asked the Men in Blue to bat first and restricted them at 170/7. In response, Windies chased down the target of 171 in the 19th over with nine balls to spare. Lendl Simmons turned out to be the hero as the right-handed opener scored an unbeaten 67 off 45 balls. He punished the Indian bowlers with his power-hitting ability smashing four sixes and as many 4s.
Apart from Simmons, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hitmyer, and Nicholas Pooran also contributed with their 40, 23, and 38 not out scores, respectively. Simmons also won the Player of the Match award for his phenomenal show in Thiruvananthapuram.
The series decider will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, where the Caribbean shot-makers enjoy batting. One cannot forget the 2016 World T20 semi-final, where the visitors showed the exit doors to India when they won the match by seven wickets followed by their victory in the finals against England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.