Cricket

Holder blasts Windies batsmen after Test mauling

2019-08-26 15:22
Jason Holder (Getty)

Cape Town - West Indies captain Jason Holder blasted his team's batsmen after they fell to a heavy defeat against India in the first Test in Antigua on Sunday.

The Windies, chasing an improbable target of 419, were blown away for exactly 100 in the second innings as India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah finished with remarkable figures of 5-7.

The Caribbean outfit also struggled with the bat in the first innings as they mustered 222 all out with Roston Chase top-scoring with 48 in a game they went on to lose by 318 runs.

India, in contrast, had more of their batters contribute as they hit 297 in the first innings before Ajinkya Rahane (102) scored the only century of the game in the second knock to allow the visitors to declare on 343/7.

Holder said after the game: "Our batters definitely did not come to the party in this game. We fell short [by] quite a few runs.

"I think the wicket has been a very good one [for batting]. The initial phase with the new ball was the hardest, as a batsman, you should fear, but after that it gets pretty easy.

"It's just a matter for us to dig a little deeper, we've got to fight hard initially upfront in our innings. Give ourselves a fair chance at succeeding."

Holder gave credit to Bumrah as the speedster tore through their line-up in the seond innings while fellow India seamer Ishant Sharma snapped up five wickets in the first dig.

The Windies skipper added: "Bumrah bowled an exceptional spell, Ishant [Sharma] was very supportive, as well as [Mohammed] Shami.

"Just one of those spells in Test cricket when the opposition gets on top and stays on top.

"We've seen it happen in so many occasions around the world. These things do happen in Test cricket, but it's a matter of it not to happen very often."

The second and final Test of the series starts in Jamaica on Friday.

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