That’s the start we were looking for: West Indies’ Kieron Pollard after win over South Africa

West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard exuded cautious optimism after his team defeated South Africa by eight wickets in the opening T20, with the batters clicking after a long time.

West Indies batting had let them down in the two-match Test series at St Lucia, with the hosts losing the opening Test by an innings and 63 runs and suffering a 158-run debacle in the second Test at the hands of the Proteas.

In all the four Test innings, West Indies were unable to cross the 200-run mark, with their lowest being 97 in the first innings of the opening Test, which ended within three days.

“Winning the game with five overs to spare and wickets in hand I think that’s a start for us. But it’s just one game of a five-match series so we can’t get too much ahead of ourselves,” said skipper Pollard after the big win.

Evin Lewis smashed seven sixes and four boundaries in his 71-run knock to upend South Africa’s total of 160/6 in 20 overs for the loss of just two wickets and with five overs to spare. “I always have confidence,” Lewis said. “This is an excellent pitch for batting here in Grenada. Once I see balls in my area, I try to hit it, but also to play it smart and look for the singles as well. I tried to give a good start with Fletcher in the powerplay overs. If I score 70-something and the team wins I’m happy. It’s a pretty good start, getting a winning start is very good for us.”

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