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Pollard: Run-outs vital in T20 triumph

UPDATED 31 July, 2014 9:39AM AEST | by Daniel Colasimone, Omnisport 1

Man-of-the-match Kieron Pollard says the West Indies' win over Australia in the T20 International on Wednesday night was a bright end to an otherwise unsuccessful tour.

Pollard made a quick-fire 26 with the bat in the West Indies total of 6-191, before contributing 3-30 with the ball as Australia could only manage 8-164.

The West Indies suffered a whitewash in the five-match one day series against the hosts, but were able to regain some pride with a 33-run win at the Gabba.

"We lost five-nil. I was pretty disappointed for us," Pollard said after the match.

"We knew we had to come and try and salvage at least something from the tour, and we played as a team tonight, and we came out on top."

Pollard said his own success against the Australians was satisfying, but hoped for improved team performances next time the sides meet.

"I enjoy playing cricket in Australia, I enjoy playing cricket against the Australians and hopefully that will continue," he said.

"But me enjoying and playing well, and us not winning, it means nothing at the end of the day.

"Hopefully one day we can come to Australia and do much better than we have done."

The key point in the match came when the in-form duo of Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges were run out in consecutive overs when they appeared to be settling in for a decisive partnership, according to Pollard.

"Once you get in on that wicket, it's pretty difficult to get you out," Pollard said.

"Voges and Marsh were going well and we had to do something.

"They got the run out, it changed the momentum for us, and we got two wickets at one time so it meant they had two new batters at the crease.

"So it worked in our favour and we just tried to capitalise on it."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 14 February, 2013 10:03AM AEST

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