Preview West Indies vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI - Kieron Pollard interview
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard spoke to CWI Media after the second One-Day International against Afghanistan at the Ekana Cricket Stadium. West Indies won by 47 runs on Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Earlier in the week they won the opening contest by seven wickets at the same venue. This is the West Indies first series win since 2014 and first away from home since 2011.
The two teams will meet again on Monday in the third and final One-Day International at the same venue. First ball in the day/night contest is 2pm (4:30am Eastern Caribbean Time/3:30am Jamaica Time).
“We asked the players to do certain things and the results show that we prepared well for the matches and I want to say ‘well done to the guys’. So far what has been going well is that the players are sticking to the plans.. what we want to do … and that is paying off,” Pollard said.
“The longer we do that the more we will put up consistent performances. We take pride in what we do and the players have demonstrated that by the efforts they have put in off the field, we have been able to deliver the goods on the field.”
West Indies have secured both Man-of-the-Match awards. Allrounder Roston Chase took the prize in the first match last Wednesday when he scored a career-best 94 off 115 balls and had impressive figures of 10-0-31-2. Showing immaculate control with his off-spin, he featured again in the second match with returns of 10-0-30-3.
In the second match Nicholas Pooran was the stand-out player with a game-changing 67 off 50 balls with seven sizzling boundaries and three huge sixes. The left-hander, in his 15th match, took control at a crucial stage in the innings to post a match-winning total for West Indies. In the second half of the match, he donned the wicket-keeping gloves where held a crucial catch and pulled off a sharp stumping.