Narine and Pollard still considered key players - Fazeer Mohammed

By July 23, 2019
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    That type of innings, Pooran said, was not difficult, because the hard work has already been done.

    “Cricket's all about having fun. I've put in a lot of hard work, so now is time for having fun,” he said.

    Pooran explained after the game that places in the middle order of the West Indies side comes at a premium with the type of talent that lies in it but that was good for the team.

    “There's a bit of competition in the middle order, but we all want to do good, that's all,” he said.

    Earlier Evin Lewis had scored 40 and Shimron Hetmyer, 23, in a bid to chase down India’s 170, which they were restricted to thanks to Hayden Walsh Jr’s 2-28 and Kesrick Williams’ 2-30.

    Those bowling figures, along with the start from Lewis and Simmons, meant there was no pressure for Pooran.

    “To be honest, we had no pressure. Tried not to panic, tried to build partnerships.”

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