Extremely disappointing, Says Jason Holder As India Thrash West Indies
West Indies skipper Jason Holder was ‘extremely’ disappointed as India routed his side by 59 runs (DLS) method in the second ODI. With the first game washed out, India have now taken an unassailable lead in the three-match series. The defeat has kept West Indies winless against India after five matches (3 T20Is, 2 ODIs).
West Indies started well with the ball, dismissing Shikhar Dhawan (2) and Rohit Sharma (18) cheaply. They managed to dismiss Rishabh Pant cheaply too to leave India reeling at 101 for 3. But before West Indies could make further inroads in the game, Virat Kohli (120) and Shreyas Iyer (71) steadied the ship and batted India out of trouble. The two added 125 runs for the fourth wicket to set the platform for a competitive total. India eventually finished on 279.
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In reply, West Indies were all out for 210 while chasing a revised target of 270 in 46 overs. Opening batsman Evin Lewis set the tone for the chase by scoring 65 before being dismissed by an excellent one-handed catch by Kohli. At 179 for 5, West Indies were in contention to chase down the total. However, Nicholas Pooran’s dismissal opened the floodgates as India took four wickets for just three runs to reduce West Indies to 182 for 8 from 179 from 5. West Indies were eventually all out for 210.
Speaking at the end of the game, Jason Holder rued losing wickets towards the back end and urged his teammates to take more responsibility.
“Extremely disappointing. We bowled really well and the game was in our hands. We lost crucial wickets at the back end to lose the game. We need to take responsibility. We need to take the game deep. The pitch was pretty good but the bowlers despite the humid conditions did well. The batters have to take the responsibility. They have been letting us down far too often,” Jason Holder said.
West Indies will be looking to win the third and final ODI to draw level in the series. Following the ODIs, both the teams will lock horns in a two-match Test series, starting on August 22.