Brathwaite: ‘We planned for Imad Wasim’

West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite has conceded that while they did plan for Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim, he planned for them as well and executed his research better on the night.

Wasim took five wickets for just 14 runs as the Windies were bowled out for 115 in Dubai, and Pakistan had no problems chasing that down. Brathwaite added that his players needed to read the conditions better for the next match.

Brathwaite said: “I don’t want to just say we didn’t bat well, credit must go to Imad Wasim who bowled fantastically.

“Anytime you get 5 for 14 in an international match you must be doing something right, and to get it in a T20 international is even better.

“But these things happen. We are an aggressive team and I won’t tell any of the guys in the room to lose their aggression, it is just a matter of being more situation aware going into tomorrow’s game.

“Imad had a head start on us, playing CPL for Jamaica Tallawahs. He knew our batsmen, and we knew him as well, and planned for him, and on the day his execution was better than ours.

“We didn’t execute it the way we wanted to. On some other day those same shots could have gone for boundaries and sixes and if we were 45-50 odd for 1 after six overs, setting a beautiful platform to go on and score 140-150 which looked like would have been a winning total on the surface.

“We are an aggressive exciting team, when it comes off it looks fine, but you have days like these when it doesn’t come off.

“There is no blame to point, we had a slow start and we lost the game. We keep our chin up, move forward, and look ahead to tomorrow’s game.”

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed agreed with his opposite number that Imad’s plans worked well: “Imad is an attacking bowler, he was in great form in the CPL and he knows how to bowl in the Powerplay. Our target was to attack with him.

“We knew how the pitch will behave, it was skidding. A bit of grass on the pitch helped the spinners too. We made use of that advantage.”