I was under no pressure as Gayle's replacement: Kieran Powell

Published: Nov 25, 2013, 10:34 IST | PTI |

A sudden injury to Chris Gayle gave Kieran Powell a berth in West Indies's playing eleven for the second ODI and the young left-hander, who struck a fifty to set up the visitor's series-levelling win over India, said he was under no pressure to live upto senior teammate's reputation

"I cannot play the way Chris Gayle bats. I just wanted to play my game and enjoy it. It worked in our favour and we won," said a modest Powell, who scored 59 while opening the batting, at the post-match media conference last night. 

Chris Gayle. File Pic/AFP

"We believe we can beat any team in any way and in any conditions. Obviously, we have not been playing good cricket on this tour, we have not been building partnerships. "But no one is carrying their bat through. Nobody batted through in this match despite getting good starts. Obviously we had enough performances to get the job done. We are looking forward to build on that from here."

Having tasted their first victory on the month-long tour, that had seen them go down meekly in the two-Test series 0-2, the Windies would now look to wrap up the ODI rubber with a win in the third and final match at Kanpur on Wednesday.

"We'll be very confident after this win. The momentum will be with us. Obviously, it will be a day game, so it will be totally different in terms of dew. We just have to assess the conditions and play accordingly," Powell said.

Chasing a challenging 289-run target set by India, West Indies pulled off a thrilling win with three balls to spare to level the three ODI series 1-1. "From being one down to level the series is obviously very crucial. We're looking forward to win the series in Kanpur," Powell said.

Powell too agreed with India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni that dew played a major role in the visitor's win.

"Luck is part of any sport. Fortunately, we bowled first today. Having seen the heavy dew I feel we made the right decision to go first. Obviously, the ball got wet and they had to change it a few times. It worked in our favour. That's just part of the game."  

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