St George’s (Grenada), June 27 (IANS) West Indian skipper Kieron Pollard radiated cautious optimism after his team defeated South Africa by eight wickets in the opening of T20 International here, where the batsmen clicked after a long time.
The West Indies batting had failed them in the two-match test series in St. Louis. Lucia, where the hosts lost the opening test by one innings and 63 runs and again suffered a 158-run debacle in the second test in the hands of Proteas.
In all four test rounds, the West Indies were unable to cross the 200 race, with their lowest being 97 in the first inning of the opening test, which ended within three days.
“Winning the game with (five) overs to overs and wickets in hand, I think it’s a start for us. But it is only a game in a series of five matches, so we can not get too much ahead of ourselves, “said skipper Pollard after the big T20I victory on Saturday.
Evin Lewis smashed seven sixes and four boundaries in his 71-run shot to raise South Africa’s overall 160/6 in 20 overs for the loss of just two wickets and with five overs to spare.
Lewis said he always had confidence in his abilities, adding that a winning start is “very good”.
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