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lack of edge in
Head coach Stuart Law has rued the tame
bowling effort which paved the way for West
Indies' 105-run defeat to India in the second
One-Day International on Sunday and says
the Caribbean side is lacking the cutting edge.
Opting to bowl first in a contest reduced to 43
overs following a two-hour delayed start due to rain
at Queen's Park Oval, the Windies watched as the vis-
itors piled up 310 for five with opener Ajinkya Rahane
top-scoring with 103.
Captain Virat Kohli struck an imperious 66-ball 87
while left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan chimed
in with 63.
"We didn't bowl anywhere near as well as we
could've done and that's probably the first time that's
happened since I've been here so you can live with
that to a certain extent," Law told reporters following
"But you've got to be better than that with the ball.
The way we started, the way we set the tone for our
innings wasn't how we wanted to do it and I think at
times our plans didn't quite work out."
Opener Shai Hope's classy 81 stood out in the Wind-
ies reply but they never quite recovered from a position
of four for two in the third over, to end on 205 for six
off their allotted overs.
Law, in his fourth series with the Caribbean side after
taking over earlier this year, said the experience gained
in the defeat would be beneficial to the young team.
"Some of our boys haven't played a lot of interna-
tional cricket so to get some time in the middle against
some quality bowlers is good for thei confidence," the
Australian pointed out.
"When we batted I thought Shai Hope played ex-
With the gulf between the two sides evident in the
encounter, Law said the Windies were aware of the
odds against them up against a powerful India side.
However, he argued that West Indies still possessed
enough ability to challenge the Indians, especially
against the backdrop of their encouraging perfor-
mances against Pakistan recently.
"We've got to understand that India are number
three in the world for a reason and they've ben hov-
ering around that top three for quite a while now.,"
"They've got some of the best players, if not the best
players in the world up there so we know that we've
got to play really well and compete really hard to get
anything out of these games but there is no reason
why we can't.
"We pushed Pakistan all the way when they were
out here recently. We beat them chasing down 308 in
the first ODI and in the last two we nearly got over the
line as well so those performances are in us.
"We're lacking a little bit of something, a little bit of
edge with our bowling and with our batting we are not
quite getting off to good starts consistently." (CMC)
Quartet looks to trim W Connection's lead
The quartet of Morvant Cale-
donia United, North East Stars,
Defence Force and San Juan
Jabloteh will all have a chance to
go second on the T&T Pro League
behind leaders W Connection
when matches resume with a
double-header at the Ato Boldon
Stadium, Couva this evening.
In the opener, Defence Force and
North East Stars, joint fifth on the
table with three points, six behind W
Connection do battle from 6pm while
two hours later, Morvant Caledonia
United and San Juan Jabloteh, both
on four points along with three-time
defending champions Central FC lock
Currently, W Connection sits atop
the table with maximum nine points
after three matches and will remain
top despite the outcome of this af-
Today's matches (ABS)
Defence Force vs North East Stars, 6pm
Morvant Caledonia United vs San Juan
Round One Match Day Four
Friday @ HCS
Police FC vs W Connection,6pm
Defence Force vs Central FC, 8pm
Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin
Pt Fortin Civic vs Club Sando, 6pm
Arima Municipal Stadium, Arima
North East Stars vs Morvant Caledonia
Barataria Recreation Ground
San Juan Jabloteh vs St. Ann's Rang-
1 W Connection
2 Central FC
3MorvantCaledonia 2 1 1 0 3 2 4
5 N/East Stars
6 Defence Force
9 Club Sando
10 Pt Fortin Civic
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