West Indies skipper Jason Holder expressed his disappointment with his batting unit as they lost the series opener game of the four-match T20I series by six wickets in Barbados on Sunday (March 26).
The 18-year-old Pakistani debutant Shadab Khan picked up three while conceding only seven runs in his full spell to restrict the hosts at 111 for 8 in their 20 overs. While the visitors chased down the total very easily with losing only four wickets in the course with almost three overs to spare.
The Windies all-rounder was admitted that his side would need to come up with appropriate plans to frustrate the bang of the new Pakistani players.
According to the reports of CricBuzz, Holder stated, “We need to just sit down and work out our plans against all their bowlers. Obviously, we are coming up against some guys who we have never played. In this situation, we need to find how best to play them given the conditions that we have.”
Jason added, “We struggled with their slow bowlers, and it's a situation where we need to counteract their slow bowlers in the middle. Those were the guys who really put the strangle on us up front.”
The skipper said that the poor batting show is responsible for their loss and he still believed that his side should have got to 150. The all-rounder also said that the wicket was slow and worsen a little earlier than he had expected. Holder further said, “I felt that the wicket we had today was slow, it was a little bit more difficult to hit on. It broke up a little earlier than I thought it would, but bearing that in mind, we just needed to find ways to knock some balls back down the pitch. It was a good enough pitch for us to get 150 at least. Definitely, think if we had 150 on the board it would've been a much better game.”
He said that the hosts lost a slew of wickets, which clearly shows that didn't bat well. Holder lamented, “It's clear we didn't bat well. We started off with a run-out, which gave them momentum. It was a very good piece of fielding, but we never really recovered from there. It was a situation in the middle where we had to consolidate, build a partnership.”
The West Indies skipper concluded, “We tried to do that with Sunil [Narine] and [Kieron] Pollard, probably our last recognised partnership, and Carlos [Brathwaite] came in and joined Pollard and played a good knock, but we were always struggling with wickets. We lost wickets at crucial stages and we could never lay a platform from where we could blast.”