Kingston: Cricket commentator and senior scribe Tony Cozier has decried the lack of finishers in the West Indies ODI team, which is trailing India 0-1 in the on-going four-match series.
For the second successive one-day international, West Indies found themselves chasing an overwhelming total – and losing – in the first of the four-match ODI series against India at Sabina Park on Friday which clearly shows that they lack good finishers, wrote Cozier in his column.
In each case, the decisive factors were their inability to manage what have become two of the most critical phases of a limited-overs innings – the batting Power-play, the ODIs’ most recent innovation that restricts the fielding team to three men outside the 30-yard ring over a chosen block of five overs, and the closing runs-charge of the opponents’ innings, he further wrote.
On Friday, India plundered 62 off their Power-play overs (34-37) and 82 off their last ten to end 339 for six. Exactly a month earlier, in the last of the three ODIs at Edgbaston, England scored 55 in their Power-play and 90 from their last ten overs to amass 328 for 7, he adds.
In contrast, West Indies on Friday could only raise 36 after calling for their Power-play between overs 36 to 40 and 67 from overs 40 to 48 as they fell 20 runs short.
At Edgbaston, where they lost by 58, the split was 44 from the Powerplay and 70 off the last ten. The concluding overs have always been vital in the abbreviated game. They gave rise to the terms, the “finisher” in batting and the “death” bowler, both essential to teams seeking consistent success, he wrote.