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Holder looks at positives following series defeat against Pakistan

Jason Holder is hoping for an improved performance from his team in the third game
Jason Holder is hoping for an improved performance from his team in the third game
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West Indies captain Jason Holder said that there were a few positives for the team despite conceding a 2-0 unbeatable lead to Pakistan in the second One-Day International in Sharjah.

West Indies, chasing a target of 338 runs, only managed to post 278 for seven from their 50 overs, thus succumbing to a 59-run defeat.

Pakistan’s total was set up nicely by a century from Babar Azam and crucial knocks from Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed.

Speaking after the defeat, Holder admitted that it was Malik’s knock which turned the game around in the middle overs, eventually allowing Pakistan to score an imposing total.

“I thought Shoaib Malik played an outstanding innings.

“He changed the impetus in terms of the middle overs.

“I think he put us under some pressure in the middle overs which we probably didn’t react to as well as we would like.”

Despite the defeat, Holder expressed that the performances from Alzarri Joseph, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels were a few positives for the team.

“There are still quite a few positives that we can look at.

“Alzarri Joseph making his debut today I thought he was pretty outstanding.

“Kraigg Brathwaite coming into his second game, he showed a lot more promise, showed a lot more fight.

“Darren Bravo getting a score as well and Marlon Samuels continuing his good form.

“So still a few positives to look at. I just think we just need to bring together that one complete game.”

At one stage, West Indies were at 127 for three at the fall of Bravo’s wicket in the 29th over, but they were unable to keep up with the asking rate and Pakistan also struck at regular intervals.

According to Holder, West Indies still had a chance with 20 overs left in the game but admitted that the top order left the lower order with too much to catch up in the death overs.

“Chasing 330 odd, you really need to stay up with the run rate,” Holder said.

“We fell behind, not too far behind quite early but I thought we were still in the game with 20 overs left.

“We had bargained for 160 odd to chase in 20 overs or probably 180 odd in the last 20 but at the end of the day we were probably too far behind.

“It was a lot to do for the lower half. I thought the Pakistani bowlers bowled well and made it difficult for us to hit.”

The third and final ODI between Pakistan and West Indies will be played on 5th October in Abu Dhabi following which the focus will then shift to the three-match Test series.

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