West Indies’s makeshift skipper Jason Mohammad admitted his players felt jet legged but confessed that they were not good on the day as they were handed Twenty20 international’s second biggest defeat of 143 runs by Pakistan in the first of three Twenty20 internationals in Karachi on Sunday.
Pakistan equalled their highest Twenty20 total of 203-5 — also made against Bangladesh at this same venue in 2008 — before restricting the West Indies to their lowest Twenty20 international total of 60 all out in 13.4 overs.
The win gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the second match on Monday and the last on Tuesday — all in Karachi.
Mohammed, who replaced regular skipper Carlos Brathwaite who skipped due to security reasons, fell for nought in an abysmal batting show.
“Obviously there will be a bit of jetlag, but I think our performance just wasn’t good enough at the end of the day,” said Mohammed.
“Can’t be happy with our performance like this both with bat and ball, especially with the bat. Definitely not happy with this performance.”
Mohammad said his team needs a big lift.
“We just have to improve all-around, in all three departments of the game, especially with batting we need to apply ourselves. Our shot selection needs to be better and put partnerships. Losing wickets in every over (early on) put us under a lot of pressure. We just have to be positive and be smarter about it tomorrow.”
Mohammad felt happy at being part of cricket revival in Karachi, having hosted its first match for nine years.
“Obviously it has been very nice, coming here, they have done an excellent job, we feel very safe, fans were very nice at the ground. We feel comfortable being here.”
Mohammad hoped his team lift itself from the first defeat.
“Can’t change everything or do something else after just one bad performance. These things do happen in cricket. Yes obviously it was a bad day for us, but you know if we get it right tomorrow and put in a better performance especially with the bat.”
He said losing early wickets pushed them on the back foot.
“Losing three wickets in the first two overs put you under a lot of pressure and that too your three top order batsmen. It’s just for us to put up better performance and put up partnerships (tomorrow).
“I don’t think the wicket changed much, we like chasing with a bit of dew. I don’t think there was anything batting first or second.”
Mohammad accepted his team felt the absence of top players, like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Jason Holder.
“Obviously it’s nice when you have experienced players, because we can’t do much at this point in time because the guys have gone off to the IPL, yes we don’t have an experienced team, but I think the guys here can do the job as well, a couple of senior guys and some youngsters who have come here they are quite capable of doing the job here. Hopefully, we will do the job tomorrow, especially with the bat.”