IND 190/6 (20.0 Ovs)
WI 194/1 (18.3 Ovs)
Carlos Brathwaite: Very, very happy. Yesterday we asked the batters to express themselves and take the mantle on. I gave an incentive that whoever gets a fifty gets half my match fee. In the last couple of games Marlon did really well for us. The crowds came out in big numbers and the smile on their faces does it for us. We talked about wrestling back the momentum. We have watched a lot of the IPL and wanted Bhuvneshwar to bowl three overs at the start; when that happened it was a box ticked. Evin took the mantle over and carried on. He scored a century in Florida against India and today he showed significant growth from then in staying till the end and taking us through. As a team we fought hard and knew that we had to chase whatever they put on the board. It was a good total put up but we knew that we had it in us to chase it down. Excellent bowling from Williams, he bowled superbly against Afghanistan in the two T20s and his sixth over where he got Virat and Dhawan changed the game for us. He has carried on from Pakistan to against Afghanistan to now against India. He is going from strength to strength. He is doing well in the ODI format as well and is rubbing shoulders with guys like Sunil, Badree and that would help him.
Evin Lewis, Man of the Match: It was a good game. I am enjoying playing a team like India; it is a good hundred. It was a lot on my mind after five games when I did not score and I remembered that when I scored today. But I kept telling myself to believe in my ability. It is easier for me while batting with Chris, he takes a lot of pressure off me. I am not sure what this game would do to me but I am very happy with my performance today and keep backing my ability.
Virat Kohli: I thought even in the first innings we could have scored 20-30 runs extra. We were on course to get 220+ but we did not grab our chances and when you don’t, you do not deserve to win, especially with the wind and when the batsmen are playing like that. We know their strength in this format. If you give a good start up the order, one batsman needs to bat through. We couldn’t really carry on. Dinesh was really good in the middle overs but no one got an 80-90 odd. We also couldn’t take our catches which cost us a bit. All these games are a good feeder of how players react in such situations. We need to be patient with these guys. West Indies have a fixed squad, a settled squad and we are still at an experimental stage. We need to give our guys a few chances and are figuring out who are the youngsters we need in our side. Their performances will be up and down and we need to keep an eye on them. The whole tour was good. We did well in the ODIs, lost one game. And one match here doesn’t make a series according to me. We always enjoy coming here, we won the Test series as well the last time and we go home very happy.
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