Don’t feel any pres­sure – Holder

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): EST INDIES cap­tain Ja­son Holder has brushed aside sug­ges­tions that he is un­der “pres­sure” as a re­sult of a series of losses by the re­gional side on its cur­rent tour of the United Arab Emi­rates.

Holder’s dec­la­ra­tion was made after West Indies con­ceded the three-match Test series to Pak­istan yes­ter­day on the heels of los­ing T20 and ODI series as well.

Pak­istan beat the Caribbean side by 133 runs with one match re­main­ing, to hand them their eighth straight loss on their cur­rent tour.

“No, I don’t feel any pres­sure. It is a young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced squad and it’s go­ing to take time to get the re­sults we are look­ing for,” Holder told re­porters at the post-match news con­fer­ence.

“We have been in a po­si­tion of in­con­sis­tency for the last num­ber of years. So I don’t feel any pres­sure. I’m here to do a job. At the end of the day, I can only do the best that I pos­si­bly can.”

Chas­ing 456 for vic­tory, West Indies, who re­sumed the fi­nal day on 171 for four, were bowled out for 322 at the Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium.

Their 322 was the high­est fourth-in­nings score by a vis­it­ing team to United Arab Emi­rates and the West Indies’ high­est fourth-in­nings score against Pak­istan.

“We have not been on the bet­ter side of re­sult in the re­cent past and it’s al­most a decade we have been strug­gling,” said Holder.

“We have taken steps and try to mend some younger faces into the team. It would take time for them to come in and nour­ish and de­velop.”

Jer­maine Black­wood bat­ted bril­liantly on the fi­nal day – scor­ing 95 off 127 balls with 11 bound­aries.

He added 63 for the fifth wicket with Ros­ton Chase (20) and an­other 57 for the sev­enth wicket with wick­et­keeper Shai Hope (41).

“We have

Wshown signs of K Brathwaite lbw b Mo­ham­mad Nawaz 67 L John­son b Yasir Shah 9 D Bravo c Mo­ham­mad Nawaz b Ra­hat Ali 13 M Sa­muels c & b Yasir Shah 23 J Black­wood b Yasir Shah 95 R Chase c wkp Sar­fraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 20 +S Hope c You­nis Khan b Zul­fiqar Babar 41 *J Holder lbw b Yasir Shah 16 D Bishoo c Mis­bah-ul-Haq b Zul­fiqar Babar 26 M Cum­mins b Yasir Shah 0 S Gabriel not out 7 (b4, lb1) 5 (all out, 108 overs) 322

1-28, 2-63, 3-112, 4-124. 5-187, 6-244, 7-266, 8-311, 9-312, 10-322.

So­hail Khan 14-3-44-0, Ra­hat Ali 23-2-69-1, Yasir Shah 39-5-124-6, Zul­fiqar Babar 22-5-51-2, Mo­ham­mad Nawaz 10-0-29-1. Pak­istan won by 133 runs.

Pak­istan lead three-match series 2-0. P Reif­fel. Yasir Shah. Pak­istan. M Gough, R Illing­worth; TV – im­prove­ment. We stretched the last game in Dubai. We have put our­selves into a po­si­tion to win it, so we are see­ing signs of pro­gres­sion, it’s just a mat­ter of con­sis­tency here,” he said.

“We have some young bats­men who have done well. We have Deven­dra Bishoo com­ing in the last game and tak­ing eight wick­ets. Shan­non Gabriel, in this game, five wick­ets. So we have seen signs of in­di­vid­ual bril­liance, it’s just a mat­ter of putting to­gether that strong col­lec­tive ef­fort and seiz­ing the cru­cial mo­ments of the game to push for­ward into a win.”

The third and fi­nal Test be­tween West Indies and Pak­istan will be played in Shar­jah from Sun­day.




WEST INDIES 2ND IN­NINGS (TAR­GET: 456 RUNS) Jer­maine Black­wood of West Indies bats dur­ing Day Five of the Se­cond Test be­tween Pak­istan and West Indies at Zayed Cricket Sta­dium yes­ter­day in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emi­rates.

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