Windies succumbed to their sixth defeat of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, with the 23-run loss to Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. For the third time in the ongoing World Cup, West Indies slipped to a gut-wrenching defeat. It turned out to be a case of so near, yet so far, as despite a brilliant hundred from the precociously talented Nicholas Pooran, West Indies couldn't overcome Sri Lanka in a close finish at the Riverside stadium. While chasing down a target of 339, West Indies seemed to be on course at 282 for 6 with Fabian Allen and Pooran at the crease.
However, a mix-up between the duo resulted in the run out of Allen. Pooran, though, continued to play with a calm head on his shoulders and took his side to within 31 runs of the target before edging Angelo Mathews behind the stumps. His dismissal turned out to be the final nail in the coffin, with Lasith Malinga and Mathews providing the finishing touches for Sri Lanka.
"It seems to be the case in this World Cup, we have had a few close games but are just unable to get over the line," Holder said after the 23-run loss.
"It is disappointing to come so close on a number of stages and not get that win. We can look back and pinpoint a number of areas, we didn't field particularly well, we probably gave up 30-40 runs. But when we were batting I thought we were always in the game with a shout. But we lost a lot of wickets at crucial stages," he added.
You can sense a couple of things
Holder was left to rue the fact that Carlos Brathwaite, Allen and Shimron Hetmyer were run out. Even in the hard-fought game between Australia and West Indies, the run out of Hetmyer had played the decisive role in the Caribbean side's defeat. Holder expressed his disappointment at losing wickets at crucial junctures of the match through the run out mode.
"(Run outs) are virtually impossible to control from the off the field. You can sense a couple of things and get a message out to the middle to tell them to calm down. But they were all against the run of the game and unnecessary. It's unfortunate but I don't think it should be happening at this level. We have shown some fight this entire campaign. I'm proud of certain individuals who definitely put their hands up and put their hearts on the line," he noted.