Bridgetown - West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder feels that their lack
of familiarity with some Pakistan bowlers effected the teams performance in the
opening T20I in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Pakistan eased to a comfortable six wicket victory after the
West Indies were restricted to 111/8 in their 20 overs thanks largely to a
brilliant spell from debutant Shadab Khan who took 3 for 7 in his four overs.
Holder said: "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.
"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 West Indies have struggled with bat in hand across all
three formats since their World T20 triumph and if not for a late blitz by
Carlos Brathwaite they may have failed to pass 100 after slipping to 74 for 7
in the 17th over.
While Holder felt the wicket was on the slow side he didn't
feel that the pitch was to blame for the team's poor performance.
Holder added: "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.
"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.
"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."