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Marlon Samuels to stand in for Holder - Eldine Baptiste

Marlon Samuels to stand in for Holder - Eldine Baptiste
Marlon Samuels will be leading West Indies in the second ODI against Sri Lanka.
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West Indies interim coach Eldine Baptiste revealed that Marlon Samuels will lead the team in the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka after Jason Holder picked up a one-match suspension due to an over-rate offence.

The first ODI between West Indies and Sri Lanka was largely effected by rain and was reduced to a 26-overs a side contest.

Thanks to a cameos from Andre Russell and Holder, West Indies were able to post 159 for eight in their quota but eventually lost the game by just one wicket.

West Indies were found to be two overs short after considering the time allowances, which made it the second over-rate offence for Holder – thereby necessitating a suspension.

Baptiste regretted that West Indies were unable to adjust to the playing conditions and lost a closely fought contest in the first ODI.

“Marlon Samuels will take over tomorrow.

“We need to execute the things that we did not do too well on Sunday.

“It was a very close came, it could have gone anywhere.

“With the rain around, it became a Twenty20.

“While we were batting first, we were batting for fifty overs.

“We have to execute and make the adjustments quickly.” 

West Indies have been boosted by the return of Sunil Narine, whose triple strike in the 19th over swung the match in their favour after Tillakaratne Dilshan’s quick fire fifty gave Sri Lanka the advantage. 

Stating that it was Narine’s spell which brought West Indies back into the game, Baptiste praised the off-spinner for his efforts.

“Narine's a professional and he's put the work in since he arrived.

“He's participating in everything very well.

“The way he has bowled given what he has been through is very, very good.

“His spell was excellent.

“It brought us right back into that game.

“A little more luck and we would have won that game.

“All in all, Narine was excellent.” 

Jonathan Carter also chipped in with a useful spell and was instrumental in reducing Sri Lanka to 152 for nine after Andre Russell went off the field with an injury.

Baptiste was happy that the current West Indies team has a few top order batsmen who can bowl – a quality that adds balance to the squad.

"When you have a few of your top order who can bat and bowl, you make a big difference and can bring a bit of balance to the team.

“Jonny (Johnathan Carter) did an excellent job coming on there and bowling for the first time.
“He nearly took us home as well.

“You just have to be encouraged and make sure they keep producing like what he did on Sunday.”

Admitting that West Indies did not adjust properly to the rain-curtailed game, Baptiste urged the team to be better prepared for the second game.

"It's just about adaptability.

“Up front when we bowled we didn't adapt quickly enough.

“We've got to make sure that happens.

“Batting wise we couldn't because we were timing it for 50 overs, but we have to make sure we switch as soon as the game changes.

“The way the weather is, interruptions might continue to happen.

“We've just got to make sure we can be ready for whatever may come our way."

With the score line reading 1-0 in favour of Sri Lanka, West Indies must win the second ODI in Colombo to stay alive in the three-match series.

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