Holder disappointed with fielding performance


West Indies captain Jason Holder lamented the fact that his team could not hold onto their chances in the field as they lost heavily in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

The Caribbean team lost by an innings and six runs to go one-nil down in the two-match series after the hosts posted a big first innings score of 484 all out.

The Windies shelved six catches as Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal hit big hundreds to put the Asian side in control.

The fielding was the most disappointing aspect for Holder as he knows the batting and bowling was always going to be tough ask for his relatively inexperienced team.

After the game, Holder said: "We created chances with the ball, but we just didn't take them when we came. If we had, their first innings total would have looked a lot different.

"If we had new batsmen in at crucial stages when our fast bowlers were fresh, we would have had a chance to have a good burst at them."

"I must commend our bowlers. They did really well in the first innings. To come back at the opposition and actually bowl them out was very, very commendable.

"I thought our spinner bowled reasonably well, and our part-timers in Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite did a wonderful job for us. I thought the combination was good enough for this game.

"It was unfortunate that we didn't hold our chances. I guess we paid for it."