After a fine performance against Australia, where they sealed off a tricky run chase, things are back to square one for West Indies.
Against South Africa at St. Kitts, the hosts lacked discipline with the ball as the Proteas ran away with the game in the very first half.
The West Indies bowlers were simply mediocre and the South African batsmen took full toll of that to post a massive 343-4 on board in 50 overs.
Opener Hashim Amla led the way with his 23rd ODI century and towards the end, Faf du Plessis played a decisive cameo.
The West Indians had no answers to Imran Tahir, as the wrist spinner wreaked havoc with a 7 wicket haul.
Post his side’s loss, skipper Jason Holder said that the bowling deserved all the blame.
“I just didn’t think we bowled well, it’s as simple as that,” Holder said. “The pitch was better than the last game, but having said that I still don’t think we bowled particularly well, especially in the first Powerplay.
“Myself and Jerome – I thought Jerome bowled reasonably well in the first Powerplay but myself, I was totally off the mark. We paid for it. Credit must go to the way Hashim Amla played. I thought he was brilliant. But having said that I don’t think we bowled at our very best.”
Holder admitted that he didn’t regret fielding first. “If I could do it over I’d probably do the same thing again,” he mentioned.
“I just don’t think we bowled well. They got 340-odd. At the beginning of the game, you’d probably take 280 or 300, given the type of pitch and the dimensions of the ground. We just thought they were 40 or 50 runs too many, and we paid for it in the end.”
“For all three teams, it’s must-win. The points table is still very close. Whoever wins two games in Barbados is guaranteed a spot in the final. If you win one of the two you’ve got to wait and see how you finish on the table,” said Holder about the final round of the tri-series.
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