West Indies captain Jason Holder believes the batsmen were not able to stand tall to the challenge and they let the team down in chase of 269 runs. The Windies had come up with a good bowling performance however they could not back it up with a good batting show. Holder said that his team was not able to win the crucial stages of the match.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni had the rub of the green when his stumping chance was missed by Shai Hope when he was only on eight runs. In hindsight, Holder also blamed the lost chance as MS Dhoni was able to add the finishing touches to the score as Dhoni went on to score 56. Furthermore, the West Indies were not able to take their chances in the field which costed the team. Thus, the Jason Holder-led side is knocked out of the tournament.
Holder rues the missed chances.
Holder said that they need to work on their game. The lanky fast bowler said that the 50-overs format is their weakest format in the game.
Jason Holder said in the post-match presentation, ” Thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat. In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us. Batting was too inconsistent”.
“Can’t fault the bowlers. Need to improve. Probably our weakest format, this. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. Can’t fault their efforts. Fielding definitely has to improve. So does the batting”.
On the other hand, India came up with a complete show with the bat. India posted a fighting score of 268 runs after they had their backs against the wall. Moreover, India’s bowling line-up was able to close-up the match as they were too good for the Windies.
Mohammed Shami was the chief destroyer of the West Indies innings as the gun fast bowler scalped four wickets. Shami was able to scalp the wickets of Chris Gayle and Shai Hope to put the run chase under the pump.
West Indies will play their next two matches against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on July 1 and July 4 respectively.