India vs Windies 2018: We Need To Be More Disciplined In Bowling: Jason Holder

Last Update on: October 24th, 2018 at 09:32 am

Ahead of the second One-Day International (ODI) against India, Windies skipper Jason Holder said his team needs to be more disciplined with the ball.

Led by Shimron Hetmyer’s stunning century, Windies piled up 322 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs. Asked to bat first, Windies lost debutant Chandrapaul Hemraj for just nine. However, Kieran Powell, who had an average of 12 in his past 12 innings, held firm from one end.

He and Shai Hope added 65 runs for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a good total. Both the players departed in quick succession but Hetmyer took the onus on himself to guide his side to a good total. The left-hander faced little trouble against the pacers as well as the spinners.

India vs Windies 2018: We Need To Be More Disciplined In Bowling: Jason Holder
Getting 320 is a positive for us: Jason Holder (Credits: AP)

He shared fifty-plus stands with Rovman Powell and Jason Holder to steady the ship. It took Hetmyer only 41 balls to reach his fifty and 33 more balls to reach his 3rd century in 13 games. He eventually fell for 106 off just 78 balls.

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Devendra Bishoo and Kemar Roach then took the side past the 300-run mark with an unbeaten 43-run stand.

However, the challenging total of 322 turned out to be too less in the end as India chased it down inside 43 overs. Virat Kohli (140) and Rohit Sharma (152*) starred with the bat to inflict a crushing eight-wicket loss on the visitors.

And ahead of the second ODI in Vizag, Holder admitted that his bowlers need to show more discipline. At the same time. he also pointed out the positives from the last game.

“Getting 320 is a positive for us and we can build on that. We have all seen how the conditions can be in India. Here the par score can be anything… 320, 340, 350 and you need to bowl ridiculously well to defend it,” he said on the eve of the second ODI.

India vs Windies 2018: We Need To Be More Disciplined In Bowling: Jason Holder
If we had broken that Virat-Rohit partnership, it could have been different: Jason Holder (Credits: AP)

“If we had taken a few more wickets, had broken that Virat-Rohit partnership, it could have been different. It’s a tough game when you put runs and are never too sure if it is enough or not. Obviously our bowlers were dictated and struggled against Kohli and Rohit. We need to be more disciplined in bowling, a bit more clinical with the batting, like how Rohit and Virat went the distance after India lost an early wicket,” he added.

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Holder further said that the spinners will have to play a bigger role in the crucial game.

“I had a look at the wicket, there is no grass on the track. We know that spinners do pretty well here. Our spinners did not do that well in the last game, also credit to the Indians for giving a good show. I felt Bishoo came good in the second spell and looked a lot better. He was able to get the wicket of Kohli which will give him confidence. I want him and Ashley Nurse to be a bit more expressive,” said Holder.

The second ODI gets underway on Wednesday (October 24).


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