India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam November 25, 2013

Need bigger scores from batsmen - Powell

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies batsman Kieran Powell has said the team needs to build more partnerships and their batsmen need to score big runs to win matches more consistently. Even though West Indies chased 289 in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam and four of their batsmen scored fifties, Powell said the batsmen need to build on their starts.

"We believe we can beat anybody anywhere in any conditions," Powell said. "It's just for us to put the pieces of the puzzle together now. Obviously, we have not been playing good cricket on this tour, we have not been building partnerships, nobody has been carrying on [from good starts]. Unfortunately nobody carried on today and got a century but we had enough performances to get the job done. So we're looking forward to building on that from here."

Powell scored 59 from 70 balls with seven fours and a six and with a 100-run partnership with Darren Bravo for the third wicket, he laid the platform for the middle order to chase a competitive 289. His fifty was followed by fifties from Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Darren Sammy.

While India captain MS Dhoni said the dew made conditions "unfair", Powell said they were fortunate to bowl first and that the dew factor is a "part of the game".

"Luck is part of any sport," Powell said. "Fortunately for us we made the right decision to bowl first. There was quite heavy dew and the ball got a bit wet so it had to be changed a few times. It worked in our favour and that's just part of the game."

Powell had replaced an injured Chris Gayle, who was ruled out of the series with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first ODI in Kochi. Powell said he was under no pressure to fill Gayle's shoes.

"[There was] no pressure. I cannot play the way Chris Gayle plays, there was definitely no pressure on me. I just wanted to play my game and enjoy it and it worked in our favour and we won."

With the series level 1-1, the final ODI is a day match to be played in Kanpur on Wednesday.

"We'll be very confident after this win taking the momentum into the next match," Powell said. "It is a day match, so totally different in terms of dew. It's up north so it might be a bit cooler but we just have to assess the conditions and play accordingly.

"Obviously being 0-1 down, this win is very crucial for us to level the series and [we] now go to Kanpur looking to win the series. "

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  • siddhartha on November 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    West Indies batsmen need to understand the dynamics of the game more properly.They often seems to throw away after getting set.Indies batsmen need to learn to milk singles in ODIs.

  • trevor on November 26, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Marlon you can score heavily against these guys,Get your confidence level up-You can execute in a positive manner,Relax-Have you heard? We are on a winning streak. Seriously though Marlon, You can make these guys pay-lets do it.All the best your No.1 FAN.

  • o on November 25, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Aside from batting Jason Holder doesn't impress me, many are already praising him to much and his Ipl deal may of got to his head but I'm sorry opening bowling in high 70's/80 mph is not good enough especially without control. How a guy his age and size bowls so slow is down to poor W.I setup, if he was Aus/SA or English he'd be much stronger bowling high 80's like his friend Chris Jordan . . . He has to really work on his speed and strength ASAP if he wants to have an International future in the game.

  • o on November 25, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Powell played well as I said he would do, ridiculous he's not already in the ODI side when he's opening in Tests and arguably the most talented young talent in this squad with the best technique. Marlon Samuels worries me despite his good season last yr his erratic irresponsible inconsistent batting is not good enough for no3 in International cricket W.I have a solid batsman in Kirk waiting so his days are very much numbered. Darren looks classy but how can a guy who drives so well & has good footwork play that stupid fall away nothin shot 50% of the time v spin ? he was dropped off it twice before finally falling for it. Hopefully Gibson has told him if he ever plays it again he will be dropped regardless of outcome. Simmons is strong offside we know that but he's so sketchly like Samuels he's always going to give you a chance unless he wise up. Like Powell I want to see proper solid batsman Kirk Edwards and Jonathan Carter (who also keeps) in side or squad buildin 4 future.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Everyone wins some and loses some. Sad to see the bashers out in full force. I completely agree with Dhoni in that we have a superb bowling unit after a long time. Bhuvi, Mohit, and Shami are excellent bowlers with a wide range of tricks in their bag. India needs to stick to this trio for sometime and let them ply their trade.

  • D N on November 25, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Stop Dhoni Bashing. In a one day game which is day night, the pitch condition does vary and the team batting second has a better chance.

    We need extraordinary bowling to overcome the disadvantage of due and do not have such bowlers. We need raw pace. Not to be found, Bad luck,

    Next time, win the toss

  • Orlando on November 25, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Every now and again WI play well and give a glimpse of what they can do. Then it's back to business as usual. Bravo and Charles made silly mistakes to get out. Bravo seemed intent on getting back to the pavilion. But surely the most culpable of all was the captain. That ridiculous one leg in the air shot that he played and at such a crucial time would be enough for most teams to say to him thank you and goodbye. Sammy played with the calmness of a man near the end of his career. He knows that his playing days are numbered. He has always tried his best and given his all and should be remembered for that. But this one (good) knock doesn't change the fact that his test playing days should end after the NZ tour. Samuels is a worry. Something has gone wrong there. The captain has to be more innovative in this last match and change the bowling and batting lineup so as not to be so predictable. Maybe open the bowling with a spinner and he can swap places with Charles in the batting.

  • Android on November 25, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    to be honest we really dont have good bowlers. It's like west indies batsman are playing against India A bowlers and bowling against India's top batsman. We have been experimenting with all of them in the recent past. Bhuvi was awesome untill that Australian series that brought his moral down. Good job BCCI he was fantastic until then he had an average of 21 until that series and now he averages 29. We have got quality batsman let them do the hardwork it would just make them better. Set pitches accordingly Take it easy on the bowlers make them feel confident.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    seriously, people are critising as if we lost many matches this year.... u cant expect indian cricket team to win every match....why dont u people see other teams who are loosing so many matches ... peace