Holder, Roach return as Windies look to fightback against India in second Test

By George Davis and Lance Whittaker October 11, 2018

Cricket analyst Fazeer Mohammad talks about the possibility of a better showing in Hyderabad for the West Indies.

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    “Credit to our batters I thought we played exceptionally well on what was a really good pitch, one of the best I have seen at Kensington Oval for a while. I thought Chris played a really good innings. He took a bit of time upfront, got himself set and then put pressure back on the spinners in the middle and forced Eoin Morgan to bring back the seamers back a bit earlier. I felt he held the innings together and gave other batters a chance to express themselves,” Holder said.

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