To start the series with a win is quite pleasing – Jason Holder

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Jason Holder, Kieran Powell and Miguel Cummins of West Indies wave to fans at the end of day five


After beating Sri Lanka in the first of the three Tests comfortably by 226 runs, Jason Holder, the West Indies Captain, said he was pleased to ‘to come out of the gates on a winning note’.

In 2017, the Windies played 10 Tests against Pakistan, Zimbabwe, England and New Zealand — winning three, drawing one, and losing the rest. This was their first Test in 2018.

“We had a lot of time to sit back and reflect on how the last year ended,” Holder said. 

“To start this series the way we’ve started it is quite pleasing. Knowing that in the past we’ve lost at the start of the series and were playing catch-up cricket, it was good to come out of the gates on a winning note.”

In the first innings, Shane Dowrich, the No.6 batsman, top scored with an unbeaten 125, while Holder (40), Devendra Bishoo (40) and Kemar Roach (39) also made useful contributions and lifted their side to a solid 414 for eight.
Sri Lanka were then bundled out for 185, and the Windies added another 223 for seven in their second innings. Sri Lanka failed to take the fight to the home side, and eventually crumbled to 226 all out.

“Our lower order has been one of the most consistent lower orders in world cricket for the last two or three years,” said Holder, pointing to the fact that since 2016, the last five Windies wickets have added 3223 runs at an average of 20.79 from 19 games.

“I always back the guys to come in and put up a partnership and put up a fight,” added Holder. “It really started with the partnership that Shane and I had, and then Devendra came in and played an outstanding knock.

“Not only did he take time out of the game, he scored runs as well. It wore down the Sri Lankan bowlers and made it tough for them.”