Jason Holder added Sunil Narine (above) and other West Indies bowlers didn't really have anything to bowl at © AFP
Jason Holder added Sunil Narine (above) and other West Indies bowlers didn’t really have anything to bowl at © AFP

West Indies skipper Jason Holder is of the opinion that his team’s defeat against Australia in the second ODI of the tri-nation series was chiefly due to poor shot selection on part of the batsmen. However, the 24-year-old all-rounder lauded Sunil Narine’s effort in picking up two important wickets during Australia’s chase. According to Holder, the loss was more on account of poor cricket on part of the West Indies than a better bowling and fielding performance by the Australians. He added that West Indies failed to make any crucial partnership in the match. Holder also said that the team tried to defend the paltry total of 116, but it was just not enough. Full Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs Australia, Tri-Nation Series, Match 2 at Guyana

Holder was quoted by ESPNcricinfo speaking during the match conference, “The bowlers didn’t really have anything to bowl at, although we tried really, really hard and did get four of the Australians’ wickets. I thought Sunil Narine came in and did an excellent job for us in the end and we got some wickets upfront.” VIDEO: When Jason Holder sings ‘meri aashiqui ab tum hi ho’

“We never really got any partnerships going. Just not enough runs on the board, to be honest. If you went through the dismissals, there were quite a few soft dismissals. The Australians challenged us in terms of building pressure, but I don’t think they got us out with any spectacular balls, per se. We just played some horrible shots out there at a crucial stage of the game which cost us our wickets.” West Indies Tri-Nation series 2016: Australia wary of Sunil Narine

“I think anywhere between 210 and 220, we backed ourselves to defend. Previous games we played here, there were not many that were high-scoring. Obviously, the first game we played, one team only got 180-odd and we managed to win the game in the second-last over. I think we’ve bowled reasonably well for the first two games; the bowlers have really put up their hands.”

“It’s just important for the batsmen to build partnerships, especially up front, and just give ourselves some cushion in the middle and be able to blast at the end with the power we have in the dressing room. But the most important thing for us is to get some partnerships going up front and let the momentum flow through the mid-innings.”