Holder blames in­ex­pe­ri­ence for WI loss

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

BULAWAYO, Zim­babwe (CMC): WEST IN­DIES cap­tain Ja­son Holder has con­ceded that the rea­son his team has failed to win its last two matches of the cur­rent Tri-Na­tion se­ries in the fi­nal over of the chase is be­cause of “in­ex­pe­ri­ence”.

Holder was speak­ing to re­porters af­ter West In­dies lost to Sri Lanka by one run in a nail bit­ing fifth game at Queen’s Club yes­ter­day.

The Caribbean side pan­icked to con­cede the match on the fi­nal ball of the in­nings af­ter a sim­i­larly tense en­counter against Zim­babwe, which ended in a tie on Satur­day.

“I think it’s in­ex­pe­ri­ence. There are ob­vi­ously sit­u­a­tions that we’re not ac­cus­tomed to be­ing in. We’re still a rel­a­tively young side,” said Holder.

“Ev­ery­body’s try­ing to make their mark. And I think it boils down to in­ex­pe­ri­ence, and hav­ing that know-how at the end to get us across the line”.

Evin Lewis, play­ing in just his fourth ODI, hit his maiden cen­tury to leave West In­dies well po­si­tioned at 177 for three.

He dom­i­nated two half-cen­tury part­ner­ships that pow­ered West In­dies’ in­nings to 329 for nine af­ter the home side amassed 330 for seven.

“We had set up the game nicely, and Evin Lewis played an ex­cep­tional knock to put us in the sit­u­a­tion that we were in,” said Holder.

“He’s one of those guys that like the ball com­ing on, so we just felt that with 330 on the board we needed to get off well in the Pow­er­play and make use of that first up”.

West In­dies must beat Zim­babwe on Fri­day if they are to reach the fi­nal.

Open­ing fast bowler Shan­non Gabriel may be forced to miss the game af­ter bowl­ing just five overs be­cause of dis­com­fort in his ham­string.

“We’re man­ag­ing some nig­gles, and Shan­non wasn’t able to fin­ish his overs to­day, so we’re wait­ing to see if he’s good to go for the next game,” Holder said.

“We’ll see in the next few days.”


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