Windies execution key at Warner Park

Assistant coach Vasbert Drakes has underscored the importance of execution as West Indies go in search of a series-levelling win in the pivotal second Twenty20 International of the three-match series here Friday.

The hosts lacked in almost every department in Tuesday’s opener which they lost by four wickets, falling short of a competitive total after batting first, and then dropping as many as four catches in a loose fielding and bowling effort.

Speaking ahead of the contest at Warner Park, Drakes said the Windies’ knowledge of the small ground would be a crucial in their match strategy.

“We have to execute our game plan very well,” the former West Indies all-rounder told reporters.

“Obviously a lot of the guys would have played at this ground, certainly during CPL so the guys are pretty familiar with the conditions – with the wind factor and the short boundaries – so certainly our game plan and our strategy will be targeted towards that.

“We pretty much have a good idea of what we’re looking to do in these conditions and come tomorrow, the objective is to execute.”

West Indies are unbeaten in six outings at the venue, having won five and having the other match abandoned due to rain.

West Indies managed only 160 in the first match at the Darren Sammy National Stadium in St Lucia, with Nicholas Pooran top-scoring with 58.

The only other batsman to shine was Darren Bravo who chipped in with 28, adding 64 for the fourth wicket with Pooran after the Windies lost three early wickets.

West Indies fielders then put down Jonny Bairstow twice as the opener rode his luck to lead England’s run chase with 68.