Pollard takes Windies thrashing on the chin, wants to save face in final encounter.

By Paul-Andre Walker. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard look around as he is bowled by Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga during the second of three ODI Games between the teams. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said that while he could pinpoint a great many things his side got wrong during a one-sided affair against Sri Lanka at Hambantota on Wednesday, he would not go into the business of scapegoating but would talk to his team about what transpired. Sri Lanka won the game by 161 runs but more importantly, the hosts now hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in their three-match ODI series. The hosts benefitted from centuries of 127 and 119 from opener Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis respectively, the pair helping them to a mammoth 345-8 from their 50 overs. The West Indies did not get close, as only Shai Hope, 51, and Roston Chase, 31, offered any resistance. The visitors would end on 184 all out against the bowling of Wanindu Hasaranga, 3-30, Lakshan Sandakan, 3-57, and Nuwan Pradeep, 2-37. There was also a wicket for Angelo Matthews, 1-20. But Pollard did point out that things could have been different had he not dropped Mendis early in the innings and maybe, the series would now be different. "It was the start we were looking forward to, getting two wickets early. But I put the catch of Kusal Mendis down, otherwise they would have been three down,” said Pollard. In addition, Pollard believes his side did not have faith in the plans they made. “We didn't stick to our plans long enough. I don't think we were up to the international standard today. Well bowled to them and well played to them,” he said. Pollard will now look toward the final game of the series to see if the West Indies can win one. “We weren't there in all three departments today. We can pinpoint a lot of things but I don't want to go into a lot of details. We'll do that as a team. I cop this one on the chin and we move on to Kandy."

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