It may seem extremely weird and out of this box, but West Indies, a side known for messing up easy situations, inflicted something similar on a team as composed as India. What happened in the last few hours at Antigua, North Sound was nothing short of spectacular, as the hosts trapped India in its own web, led superbly by captain Jason Holder.
Despite getting off to a solid start and being 80-1 at one stage, somehow, the hosts found a way of making things incredibly difficult for themselves, as they were restricted to just 189-9 in 50 overs. Once again, it was Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist spin coming into the picture, as he picked up a couple of wickets.
India should have walked with the chase and ended the game with several overs to spare, but a stubborn knock from MS Dhoni ensured that things went till the very end. Dhoni, went on to score the second slowest half-century for India, as his 114 ball vigil of 54 ended on the final delivery of the penultimate over. Ultimately, West Indies ended up winning the game by 11 runs, to keep the series alive.
Post the win, skipper Jason Holder credited the self-belief as a factor behind the win.
“Extremely pleased with the guys. It took a big effort and credit to all the bowlers. It shows if we believe, we can compete. We spoke to bowl into the wicket. India’s top-order has done the scoring and we were looking to get a few early wickets. In his second game, Williams showed a lot of maturity,” said Holder.
“250 is a par score, but we have another game to turn it around. I always believe in myself. I have been bowling well so far, the only criticism is with my batting. We have to show the fight. Put our minds to it and the rewards will come,” Holder said.