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West Indies captain Jason Holder was disappointed that his team were not able to cross the line in the 2nd ODI against India at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, which ended in a tie, but was impressed with the way Shai Hope batted.

Really good game of cricket played by both teams. Unfortunately we didn’t get over the line, but still a lot of positives from this game, said Holder at the post-match press conference.

I said it at the start that we want one of our top four to stay there till the end, and it was very good to see Shai bat till the end. Shai Hope is a young talent and he played a magnificent knock said Holder about Hope, who scored an unbeaten 123 and hit a last-ball four for the tie.

Hope and youngster Shimron Hetmyer (94 off 64) not only revived West Indies run chase but also put their team in a strong position before India fought back.

Also Shimron Hetmyer showed his consistency again and I felt it was a really good effort by the bowlers. My run-out and obviously Hetty was upset that he got out in a crucial stage when we had a very good chance. Unfortunately we didn’t win the game, but like I said before there are a lot of positives, said the skipper.

After conceding 321 runs, West Indies managed to post their second successive 300 plus score against the World No,2 side and Holder said he was proud of his batting unit for the consistency, but conceded that there are areas to improve.

I thought it was around par (first innings total), and it’s very good to see that we had that in two consistent games in a row. Proud of the way the guys played and there are a couple of areas that we could improve. Sloppy fielding is something that we need to really improve on. Obviously we could have picked a few more wickets in the middle overs, he said.

The West Indian skipper also praised his rival captain Virat Kohli for his knock and achieving 10,000 runs in ODIs. Congrats to Virat, played a brilliant knock and on getting to the 10000 milestone, he added.