Cricket World Cup 2019: Windies skipper Jason Holder - Every game now is a final

Sport360 staff 22:10 17/06/2019
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Holder's men slid to their third defeat in the tournament.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder bemoaned his side’s lack discipline with the ball and in the field after they fell to a crushing seven-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Windies put on a daunting total of 321-8 on the board at Taunton but they were made to look ordinary with the ball by Bangladesh who chased down the target with more than eight overs to spare.

“I thought we were about 40-50 (runs) short, the wicket played well throughout,” Holder told broadcaster Star Sports after the comprehensive loss.

“We could have been more discipline with the ball and we also let ourselves down in the field. It was just a situation where we never got momentum going as we should.

“If you score 320, you have to try really hard to defend. We didn’t get wickets and also let some chances slip.”

The defeat has left the Caribbean side with just one win to show for after five games and it came in their campaign opener against Pakistan. They must now win all of their remaining four games to stand any chance of making the semi-final and Holder admitted every match will now be a virtual final for his men.

Shakib and Litton Das made short work of a 322-run chase.

Shakib and Litton Das made short work of a 322-run chase.

“No excuses, we should have been more disciplined. Having said that, every game is a final and we have to pull ourselves up,” Holder said.

Bangladesh’s comfortable run chase was largely down to Shakib Al Hasan who continued his magnificent World Cup campaign. The all-rounder struck his second consecutive ton of the tournament on Monday to move past Aaron Finch as the leading run-scorer of the World Cup with 384 runs in four innings.

The No1 ranked ODI all-rounder in the world is revelling in the No3 role since being promoted up the order and was delighted to take his side across the finish line against Windies.

“It feels great. To stay at the wicket till the end was the most satisfying,” Shakib said after his unbeaten innings of 124.

“I’ve been working on my batting and it’s paying off. I know if I bat at No3 I’ll get more opportunities, more time to bat.

“What happens sometimes if I bat at No5 is I’ll come in at the 30th over or 40th over, which I felt is not ideal for me.”

The win moves Bangladesh up to fifth spot in the standings with two wins in five games. They will next take on defending champions Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

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