Skipper Carlos Brathwaite on Tuesday tried desperately to search for the positives after West Indies crashed to a 71-run defeat to India in the second Twenty20 International, to record their fourth straight series defeat inside the last 12 months.
India piled up a challenging 195 for two off their 20 overs behind captain Rohit Sharma’s superb unbeaten 111 and West Indies bungled their run chase to end on 124 for nine at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium.
“It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance. Obviously last game we bowled and fielded very, very well. Today I don’t think we fielded as well as we wanted to, even I let the team down with the ball,” said Brathwaite who conceded 56 runs from his four overs.
“Chasing 195 was always going to be an uphill task but there were a few positives – the way Fabian Allen bowled in the middle with two batsmen in Rohit and Shikhar (Dhawan) going – and the way he kept them under wraps until he finally Shikhar out.
“On a tour like this it’s hard to just look at the negatives; sometimes you just need to take the small positives and go away with them. Hopefully we can put them together in the final game and come out with a win.”
Rohit’s century was a record fourth in T20 Internationals and he put on 123 for the first wicket with Dhawan (43) – a partnership which was also a record for India against West Indies.
In reply, only Darren Bravo (23) and tail-ender Keemo Paul (20) passed 15 as West Indies’ batting collapsed from early and never recovered.
Even so, Brathwaite again contended there were small positives to be found.
“They batted well but even at the halfway stage with them not losing a wicket, we still felt we were one or two wickets away from restricting them to a total close to 170, 180 – we would have been happy with that,” he explained.
“That being said, we didn’t bat as well as wanted to, the batting continues to let us down but again, small positives – Kuldeep went for a bit … so within a dismal performance there was one or two positives.
“While we always highlight the negatives, it is sometimes good to take away the positives. We have a young group of guys [and it is] for them to understand where they went wrong but also appreciate when they did well and the small, good things they did.”
West Indies play the final T20 International of the series on Sunday in Chennai.