Port-of-Spain: India skipper Saurav Ganguly on Saturday blamed batting for his team's defeat in the fourth One-day International against the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval.
"We didn't have enough runs on the board to defend," said Ganguly whose team was shot out for 123 in a match reduced to 25-overs-a-side due to rain. The West Indies faced no difficulty in surpassing India's total, winning with seven wickets and 17 balls to spare to square the five-match series 1-1. The fifth and final match will be held here on Sunday. "We were never in a position to win this game," said Ganguly. "It was a good wicket, but we played too many shots. We didn't apply ourselves. We just didn't play well enough to win. They played better than us." Indian coach John Wright said poor shot-selection was one of the reasons for the team's defeat. "Our inexperience showed in this game," said Wright. "We couldn't raise any good partnership due to poor shot-selection. Saurav played well, but we kept losing wickets at the other end. We've to learn from that." The Indian coach was all praise for West Indies opener Chris Gayle, who smashed a 67- ball 84 with the help of three sixes and nine fours. "Gayle played some wonderful shots and that can happen in a 25-overs-a-side game when you're chasing a small total with confidence behind you. He played a very good innings," said Wright. Gayle put his team on course for an easy win with a 117-run stand for the opening wicket with Wavell Hinds (30). "I know Wavell very well," said Gayle, named man-of- the-match for his brilliant batting. "He's a close friend. We've played a lot of cricket together and it's not strange for Wavell and me to be at the wicket. We've a good understanding with each other. I think that's really worked well for us. "It's one of my best knocks. I think I should try to build on this innings. The wicket was good to bat on and our bowlers did well. India lost a lot of early wickets and we capitalised on that."
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