The West Indies captain Jason Holder stressed on getting early wickets against a strong Indian top order after his side slumped to a 224-run defeat in the fourth One-Day International on Monday.
Chasing 378, the Windies was bowled out for 153 in just 36.2 overs. Barring Holder, who remained unbeaten on 54, none of the other batsmen could put up a show of note, and some good fielding by India that resulted in two run outs early in the Windies innings derailed the run chase.
“We definitely weren’t at our best today,” Holder said on Monday. “Obviously, the way we started the series and the kind of cricket we have played so far in this series ... today does not really do justice to it.
“(We conceded) too many runs. It was a really good wicket. The outfield was lightning. It was a wicket where you want to get in because you can go big. Unfortunately, none of our batters actually got in and gave ourselves a chance to bat deep into the innings.”
A target of 378 can be daunting even on the most helpful of surfaces. “That definitely plays on your mind,” he said.
“It was a big total and you need to be up with the run rate. We never really got any momentum up front.”