Guyanese thrilled about the return of int’l cricket to Guyana

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cricket lovers across Guyana are ecstatic about the return of international cricket to the country. They turned out in the hundreds to witness the West Indies face India in the third and final T20 match despite the inclement weather.

Ellis Persaud, a cricket enthusiast, was at the Guyana National Stadium with his family to enjoy the game. Persaud took work leave from his job to be present at his favourite game. “I love it! I am here with my family and we do not miss cricket. We love cricket! Cricket is part of our culture in Guyana,” Persaud stated.

Lakeisha Koffi also welcomed the lovely game of cricket back to the ‘land of many waters’. Koffi said: “I think it is very good and Guyanese would actually get to view the games live and it means more exposure for our players too.”

“So far, I am having fun. I think it is a good move and it is good for the country,” another fan, Wendy Worrell said.

However, the home side lost the match after posting 146 runs in their 20 overs. The West Indies lost early wickets that allowed India to apply pressure and ensure they had a slow start. Indian bowler Deepak Chahar reduced West Indies to 14 for 3 inside just four overs.

Nevertheless, Keiron Pollard placed the team on his back and led with 58 runs off of 45 balls; smashing the ball around the stadium which in the end proved to be futile. The batting duo Rishabh Pant with 65 and Virat Kohli’s 59 runs saw the Indian team comfortably chasing down the total and winning the series three-nil.

Pollard addressing the media said that the team gave their best in the series but will look to gain experience from the losses heading into the one-day series. The one-day series will kick off at the same venue on August eight.

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