West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard is backing his side to ‘take the shackles off’ in their penultimate Group 1 clash with Sri Lanka as they look to keep alive their slim hopes of defending the trophy.

Pollard’s men entertain the Lions in Abu Dhabi on Thursday knowing two convincing wins are required from their final two games to give them any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals following damaging defeats against England and South Africa earlier in the group stage.

A three-run win over Bangladesh last time out got West Indies on the board and Pollard is not giving up hope of his side squeezing into the last four, insisting morale remains high while not hiding his frustration with their performances so far.

“We are all disappointed, and I’m sure most of the fans are disappointed at the position that we are in as a team,” he said.

“It’s something that we accept but we have an opportunity over a couple games to finish the tournament on a high.

“Obviously we’ve finished the early stages and see mathematically where we sit, but I think the main focus for us is actually winning the two games, and everything else can sort of take care of itself afterwards.

“In this thing called life and…

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