West Indies skipper Jason Holder praised his team for putting up a solid performance in tough conditions after his team registered a comprehensive 226-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Port-of-Spain.
Speaking after the game, Holder said, "Everyone in this team deserves enormous credit for the way we battled through on a pitch that wasn’t the easiest, I wasn’t worried coming into this final day because the pitch was deteriorating a bit and I just felt our bowlers had to build a bit of pressure and we would be able to strike, and when we struck we got wickets in clusters.”
Holder also praised his lower order, calling it one of the most consistent lower-order in the world.
"I always back the guys to come in and put up a partnership and put up a fight. 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. That not only took time out of the game, it wore down the Sri Lankan bowlers and made it tough for them. I was always backing our guys to get us up to a really good score," said the West Indian skipper.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich, who was also adjudged as the man-of-the-match for a fine unbeaten 125 in the first innings, after West Indies were reduced to 147/5, said he was hoping to be more consistent in his performances.
“Consistency is something I have been striving for because I want to score runs in every game. I just wanted to stick to the basics and make the most of all my preparation coming into this series, and it worked out for me,” he said.
Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal rued the missed chances in the first innings and said that the team needed to bounce back in the second innings.
"I think our fielding was below par in the first innings when we dropped some important catches,” said Chandimal in reflecting on his team’s disappointing overall performance.
“We need to learn from our mistakes and regroup quickly for the next match. We can take positives - Kusal's knock, was brilliant as a youngster - and also Kumara bowled well in both innings. Credit goes to West Indies, they played some outstanding cricket over five days. Dananjaya de Silva batted at No. 3 last few series, and played some great knocks, so if he feels good, we may play him. We'll see how it goes.” he said.