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Windies in last chance saloon, admits Holder

By Rory Dollard

West Indies captain Jason Holder knows his side will have to get smart if they are to inflict a first World Cup defeat on New Zealand to keep alive their own slim chances of making the semi-finals.

After sweeping aside Pakistan by seven wickets in their opening match at Trent Bridge, Holder's side have failed to deliver another winning performance.

Defeats by Australia, England and Bangladesh followed, while their match against South Africa at the Rose Bowl was washed out as a no result.

The Black Caps, meanwhile, have impressed with four wins out of five so far, with no play possible in the scheduled game versus India in Nottingham because of rain.

Victory at Old Trafford today, though, would reignite the West Indies' campaign.

"I think we still have a possible chance to qualify for the semi-finals, but we've just got to take it game by game. This encounter with New Zealand is very important," Holder said.

Holder revealed there had been "a few frank discussions within the dressing room" as his side look to recapture their form.

"It's just a situation where we've just got to play smarter cricket. We've just got to seize the crucial moments in the game," he said.

"I don't think we've done that well enough in this tournament.

"There's been enough talk going around for quite some time, and we've just got to play cricket now. It's just a matter for us to deliver."

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