Last Update on: February 17th, 2022 at 06:26 pm
West Indies limited-overs vice-captain Nicholas Pooran gave an update on all-rounder Jason Holder’s injury after the first T20I match against India on Wednesday.
Holder missed the first T20I fixture as he was hit on his chest during a training session. Cricket West Indies announced an hour before the match that Holder won’t be available to take the field.
Jason Holder seems fine: Nicholas Pooran
Pooran said the all-rounder is expected to play in the second T20I match although he wasn’t too sure about his availability. “Jason Holder seems fine, he should be ready for the next game. I do not know the details of his niggle, so I cannot say about that,” Pooran said during a virtual press conference.
The match definitely slipped: Nicholas Pooran
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma asked the visitors to bat first after winning the toss. West Indies saw a half of their side back in the dugout in the 14th over, just then Pooran (61) and skipper Kieron Pollard (24*) resurrected the visitors’ innings to help them post a respectable score of 157/7 in the first innings.
Pooran slammed Yuzvendra Chahal for a six and four at the start of the 17th over before he launched one to Harshal Patel, clearing the ropes over long-on. Harshal put brakes on Pooran’s heroics. The Haryana pacer bowled a slow off-cutter that forced Pooran to stretch out and hit a shot towards long-off without enough application on it. Virat Kohli takes the catch as Pooran went for 61 from 43 balls striking four fours and five sixes.
India chased the moderate target of 158 with seven balls to spare in the game as skipper Rohit Sharma blazed 40 runs from 19 balls, plundering four boundaries and three sixes at the strike rate of 210.53. Pooran admitted that it was a tricky day for them and also pointed out the presence of dew as one of the factors of their loss.
“The match definitely slipped, we fell 10-15 runs short to be honest, 170-175 would have been perfect on that kind of track. Cannot really fault the bowlers, as batters we needed to pace our innings a bit smarter,” Pooran asserted.
“It was a bit tricky today, the ball was stopping a bit, it was two-paced. I thought India bowled well, there is a lot of dew here, toss was a big factor as well. Conditions and dew played a big factor in the end,” he added.
West Indies will play the second T20I match against India on Friday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.