Holder laments dropped catches, no-balls

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“It was all about spend­ing time in the mid­dle and wait­ing to launch in the end. All in all it was a tremen­dous ef­fort, the guys re­ally fought through the en­tire Test match,” said Bravo. “If you look back at the first two days in the en­tire Test match we were to­tally out played. The way Bishoo bowled put us in good stead to come out on top.” Bravo’s cen­tury fol­lowed up his first in­nings of 87, which was made in 398 min­utes off 258 balls with nine fours and a six. “Some days, you may score faster. Some days you have to stick it out. It is not al­ways glo­ri­ous shots. Some­times you have to show that sort of de­ter­mi­na­tion and dis­ci­pline to get the job done,” said Bravo. “I tried that in this game. It worked, who knows the next game can be prob­a­bly flu­ent. You never know, but at the end of the day I am putting in a lot of work in the nets and I am re­ally happy to reap the re­wards, es­pe­cially in this game.” West Indies will now move on to Abu Dhabi for the sec­ond match of the se­ries, start­ing on Fri­day. DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): CHANCES GIVEN to triple­cen­tury maker Azhar Ali and ex­tras con­ceded were key fac­tors in West Indies’ loss to Pak­istan in the first Test in Dubai, cap­tain Ja­son Holder has said.

West Indies lost to Pak­istan by 56-runs de­spite Dar­ren Bravo lead­ing the fight with his eighth Test cen­tury that took the game into the fi­nal hour on the fifth day.

Ali, who scored 302 not out, was dropped twice – first by Leon John­son when on 17 and then by Jer­maine Black­wood when on 190.

“Ob­vi­ously, credit must go to Azhar Ali, I thought he played re­ally well. We put him down; at that stage, if we would have held him, we would have had a new bats­man in,” Holder said.

“But that’s cricket. If you look at it crit­i­cally, it’s those one or two chances that we missed. In the sec­ond in­nings, Babar Azam get­ting out with a no-ball. Things like this, if we negate them then we have less prob­lems go­ing for­ward.”

Holder says the bowlers need to im­prove their ap­proach to the wicket to end the rate of front­foot-no-balls, es­pe­cially pacer Shan­non Gabriel.

The Trinida­dian fast bowler de­liv­ered 11 no-balls in the en­tire match, in­clud­ing 10 in the first in­nings.

“It’s def­i­nitely an area we need to im­prove on, but if you look at the score­card, there were a few no-balls from both sides. It’s some­thing we have to pay at­ten­tion to, Shan­non was prob­a­bly our head cul­prit,” Holder de­clared.

“But again, he’s that kind of bowler; he runs in and gives it his all. Hav­ing said that the amount of no-balls he bowled was un­ac­cept­able and hope­fully he can cor­rect it go­ing for­ward in the next Test match.”


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