Skipper blames inexperience for loss
West Indies captain Jason Holder has laid the blame for the West Indies failure to close out yet another chase on the inexperience of the team.
For the second game in a row the West Indies looked to be comfortably managing the chase with Evin Lewis hitting a blistering 148 but they fell apart at the death losing by just one run.
Holder did his utmost to see them home finishing on 45 not out but a raft of wickets in the final overs saw them fall short.
The skipper said after the defeat: “I think it’s inexperience.
“There’s obviously situations that we’re not accustomed to being in. We’re still a relatively young side. 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. We had set up the game nicely, and Evin Lewis played an exceptional knock to put us in the situation that we were in.”
Lewis was pushed up the order and made his hundred off just 91 balls with the West Indies looking to break a 29 match sequence where they have failed to win chasing 300 or more but they would end up extending that to 30.
Holder praised Lewis: “He’s one of those guys that likes 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.
“He’s one of those guys that likes 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.”
Lewis hit three more sixes after reaching his hundred but was plagued by cramps after a long day out in the field.
Holder added: “He was there out in the field for 50 overs fielding, and then came back to bat through most of the overs.
“It was a bit of cramp, and I don’t think it was anything too serious.”
Lewis met his end after a mix up with Holder himself saw him runout but the skipper did his best to rally the tail and nearly took them home.
Holder lauded the efforts of both Sulieman Benn and the Sri Lankan bowlers though.
He added: “I was just trying to get on strike, but credit must also be given to the Sri Lankan bowlers.
“I thought they hit their yorkers really well, and the ball was also tailing in to the right-hander. Benn did a tremendous job to hit the six that he did, to bring the game back closer, but unfortunately he got out afterwards. The last ball was a very good ball.”
The West Indies face Zimbabwe in the final round robin match to determine who will meet Sri Lanka in the final but Holder is unsure who will be fit.
He concluded: “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, we will see in the next few days.”
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