Holder blames batsmen after Bangladesh’s record chase

 

Led by Shakib Al Hasan’s second century of the tournament, Bangladesh chased down West Indies’ total of 321, on Monday, with seven wickets in hand and 8.3 overs to spare, making it the joint second high f what should have been the total they should’ve piled on in Taunton.“I felt that at the halfway we were still a few short,” Holder said after the loss. “Probably, I reckon, a par score on this wicket, with the dimensions of the ground, probably 360, 365, maybe 370. And we were well short of that… If you look at the context of the game and the way Bangladesh scored in comparison to what we did, I think we probably, arguably roughly 40, 50 short.”Put in to bat, West Indies openers struggled early with some movement and assistance on offer for Bangladesh’s new-ball pair. Chris Gayle departed for a 13-ball duck before West Indies could work themselves out of a tricky position. Evin Lewis gave the charge and stroked a 67-ball 70 while Shai Hope held the fort long for his 121-ball 96. The latter looked scratchy for most parts of his innings and failed to up the scoring rate even when West Indies’ innings looked settled around the half-way mark. He eventually fell in the 47th over.Explaining the idea behind their batting, Holder said, “We knew up front in the first ten overs we had to really knuckle down and get through that period. That probably was the toughest period of the innings. But I think we should have been able to rotate the strike a little better and find the boundary a little bit with a little more freedom.“It was good that he (Hope) went deep but probably we could have asked him to show a little bit more intent. Having said that we still were losing wickets at crucial ends of the stages. We needed one of the top four players to go through. He got down to the end, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough today.”The other key factor that resulted in Bangladesh’s canter towards the massive score was the inability of the West Indian pacers to take wickets with the new ball. Having assembled a six-man pace battery for the previous game against England, which didn’t prove to be of much help due to a low-score to defend, West Indies stuck to the same philosophy against Bangladesh – minus Carlos Brathwaite, who was dropped to accommodate an extra batsman (Darren Bravo). It failed again. With the wicket holding up a bit when the Bangladesh spinners were in operation and several left-handers in Bangladesh’s top order, it seemed a questionable decision to not play Ashley Nurse.