India vs West Indies: India Played Commendably And Outplayed Us: Jason Holder
West Indies skipper Jason Holder expressed his disappointment over his team’s poor batting show in the second innings after the ten-wicket loss against India in the second Test.
Red-hot India blew away West Indies in three days to take the two-match series 2-0. Unlike the first Test, West Indies, buoyed by the return of their skipper Jason Holder, managed to give the hosts a good challenge but eventually perished to lose the game by 10 wickets.
The win was as comprehensive as it could get. The visitors’ had begun the game on the backfoot. Low on confidence, they were five down for just 113 after opting to bat first. A century from Roston Chase and a fifty from Jason Holder then helped them post a respectable 311. With the ball, they had India at a precarious position by reducing their superior opponents to 162 for 4. However, Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane scored fifties to bail India out of trouble.
On day three, the Jason Holder-led side did well to take all the 6 Indian wickets for just 59 runs. However, their fragile batting lineup once again let them down. Barring Shai Hope and Sunil Ambris, none of the other players could cross the 20-run mark as the Caribbean outfit was all out for just 127, thus setting the home side a meagre target of 72.
In reply, Prithvi Shaw and KL Rahul struck 33 each to take India home with utmost ease.
Speaking after the game, West Indies skipper Jason Holder rued his side’s poor batting in the second innings and admitted that India outplayed his team.
A little disappointed with the way we batted in the second innings. After the fightback yesterday we tried to push forward today. But India played commendably and outplayed us. In hindsight a lot of seamers got wicket, Umesh got ten wickets, I got a fifer and maybe an extra seamer would have helped. We need to give ourselves a better chance with the bat – bat deep after getting set in. Personally I am in a good head space; I am playing good cricket and love playing through aches and pains. I love playing Test cricket,” he said.