As the first ODI got washed out, both the team are looking forward to winning the second ODI. However, West Indies had a dismal show in the recently concluded T20I series where they thrashed by India. Although Windies bowlers put up a good show, batsmen failed to do so. However, captain Jason Holder is expecting his batsmen will do well.
“I think in the past we have let ourselves down in having a foundation,” Jason Holder said on the eve of the second ODI in Trinidad, “It’s just a matter for us to take a few balls at first and get ourselves set and then we take it as the innings goes on.”
“Definitely happy to see Evin get some time in the middle,” Holder said of his opener who showed encouraging signs with the bat. “He didn’t get the runs he was looking for in the T20 format but it’s good to see him get into form in Guyana and hopefully he can transfer that performance here as well,” he said.
“300 games is a lot of games,” Holder said on Gayle. “Some of us in the dressing room can’t even imagine that. We just hope he can get us off to a really good start tomorrow.”
“It’s normally pretty humid.” Holder said. “The wicket is a decent one, hopefully the rain stays away and it doesn’t get too soggy. The pitch normally is a very good pitch here. The conditions should be really good tomorrow. We’ve got to see how the pitch plays, but ideally in one-day cricket, 300 runs is the benchmark. We’ll see how it all plays out tomorrow.”
“We got to put pressure [on the batsmen] and try to get as deep into their batting line-up. The wickets nowadays are very good for batting. It tends to play a little bit more in the batsmen’s favour. [But] we’ve been doing a really good job, especially in the World Cup I thought our bowlers did a great job, and [we’ll look to] just continue from there and just try to be consistent,” he concluded.