The Windies team succumbed to a heartening 15-run loss at the hands of the defending champions Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday (June 6). After Shai Hope’s brilliant 68, West Indies skipper Jason Holder smashed a half-century that put the West Indies on track to chase down 289.
However, with plenty of umpiring howlers that marred the game and a Mitchell Starc five-wicket haul, the evident was unstoppable.
“Ya, obviously we are disappointed. Few irresponsible shots. We had to stick it around a little bit more. Still lot of positives came out of this match,” Holder said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Batsmen should have taken the responsibility
Holder further mentioned that they dropped Nathan Coulter-Nile at the time when he was batting on 60 and that proved to be a little costly. He noted that it was one of the pivotal moments in the match. The skipper stated that the batters should have taken the responsibility to chase down the total successfully.
“We dropped Nathan Coulter-Nile when he was 60 odd and he ended up getting another 30-odd runs, that was one of the pivotal moments. Batsmen should have taken responsibility and chased down the total,” Holder added.
Windies also got off to a pretty poor start as both their openers, Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle got out very quickly with just 31 runs on the board. The duo of Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope then resurrected the Windies innings with an excellent partnership of 68 runs. Pooran played a quick-fire knock of 40 runs before falling victim to leg-spinner Adam Zampa in the 20th over. However, even after Pooran’s dismissal, Hope continued his stunning form, notching up a fine half-century to keep Windies hopes alive in the run-chase.
Shimron Hetmyer failed to convert his start of 21 runs into a bigger innings as he got involved in a big mix-up with Hope. Aussie fast bowler Pat Cummins then also plucked out the prized scalp of Shai Hope to help his team register a definite comeback in the game. After Hope’s dismissal, Windies skipper Jason Holder took the onus on himself to lead his team from the front in this chase. Andre Russell smacked a couple of gigantic sixes and a boundary in his cameo of 15 runs, but his innings was cut short by a fantastic catch taken by Glenn Maxwell.
But Holder kept on his focus and racked up an amazing half-century, however, he was up against a champion bowler, Mitchell Starc, who bowled a magnificent spell to get the better of the opposition. The left-arm speedster picked up the vital wickets of the troika of Windies all-rounders, Holder, Russell and Carlos Brathwaite and eventually the Aussies successfully restricted West Indies to 273 for 9 in 50 overs.
“We still believe that we can win this competition. It is still early days in tournament, competition is wide open. We just have to be more consistent,” the Windies skipper concluded.