20-20 World Cup: ‘It’s a do-or-die game for us’: Nicholas Pooran confident of West Indies overcoming Bangladesh test

West Indies have lost both their games so far

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran ( Image Credit: Twitter)

West Indies have got off to a horrendous start in the 20-20 World Cup. They have lost their first two games against England and South Africa comprehensively. The heavy margins of defeats have resulted in the team being placed at the bottom of the points table.

The Caribbean team now needs to win all their games to stand a chance of qualifying for the knockouts. West Indies are up against Bangladesh, who are also searching for their first win. One loss for either of the team can spell a disaster. Bangladesh have dominated West Indies of late and it’s not going to be easy for them against their spinners, on these wickets for sure. Wicketkeeper-batter Nicolas Pooran though is confident of the team doing well against the Tigers.

“I definitely think it’s a good opportunity for us to bounce back,” Pooran told reporters. “It’s just another game of cricket. Anyone can win. But… it’s a do-or-die game for us. And we believe that we’re going to be successful tomorrow [Friday].”

The batting has been a big letdown for the West Indies with the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, and Keiron Pollard failing to get going. Against England, the team was shot down for just 55, and against South Africa, they could only post 143. Pooran said the team is well aware of the issues in their batting, adding that everyone is focused to do well in the remaining games.

“If you can accept that we weren’t good on the first two games, I think as batsmen, as a team, we already accepted that we didn’t come to the party. And we’re looking forward to moving forward and hopefully, we can do much better.”

Meanwhile, West Indies have added Jason Holder to their playing XI against Bangladesh. Holder was added as a replacement to the squad after Obed McCoy was ruled out due to injury. He will have to play a big role if West Indies have to get back to winning ways. At the time of writing, they are not in a great position at 40-3 in eight overs. having been put into bat. The team need to get to a respectable total else they can say goodbye to their chances of defending their title. Nicolas Pooran is yet to come and the team will be expecting a good knock from him.

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