We still believe we can win the World Cup: Holder
When Windies went about their business against Australia, it triggered our minds into thinking that the Caribbeans might have got something big in store but the end result was in stark contrast with the defending champions finishing the game on a good note as they won by 15 runs at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Australia’s top order suffered major pushbacks but it was Nathan Coulter-Nile and Steven Smith’s turn to enter into the grand scheme of things with the emphasis more on bolstering the batting.
Coulter-Nile topped the run charts with a blistering 60-ball 92 with as many as 4 sixes and 8 fours to his name while Steve Smith scored 73. When Aussies were reeling at 79/5, they rediscovered their aura at the right time to pose a threat to Windies who just couldn’t make extra efforts to trouble the remaining part of the line-up.
Chasing 289 was always going to be tough and Windies did their best to be on top but started to lose sheen. They started to lose wickets gradually. Shai Hope topped their team’s charts with 68 off 105 balls while the skipper Jason Holder scored a half-century. These scores weren’t sufficient as Aussies got right back into the game with heads high.
After the match, Jason Holder said team’s shoddy mistakes cost them the match but at the same time believes that there are still a lot of positives to learn from the game.
“Ya, obviously we are disappointed. Few irresponsible shots. We had to stick it around a little bit more. Still, a lot of positives came out of this match. We dropped Coulter-Nile when he was 60 odd and he ended up getting another 30-odd run that was one of the pivotal moments. Batsmen should have taken responsibility and chased down the total,” Holder said at the post-match presentation.
The Windies skipper also believes that his team can win the world cup. “We still believe that we can win this competition. It is still early days in the tournament, competition is wide open. We just have to be more consistent,” Jason Holder concluded.