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The West In­dies may be on the brink of be­ing oust­ed from the 2019 ICC World Cup but they still have a chance to step in­to the se­mi-fi­nals if they can win their re­main­ing four match­es.

Skip­per Ja­son Hold­er was still hope­ful his side could achieve this goal even af­ter their crush­ing sev­en-wick­et de­feat to Bangladesh at Taunton on Mon­day. Speak­ing dur­ing the post-match press brief­ing, Hold­er said from now on his team would play every match like a fi­nal to give them­selves an out­side chance of mov­ing on, as one more loss and they will be com­plete­ly out of this tour­na­ment.

“It is look­ing tough at this present mo­ment but it’s not im­pos­si­ble," Hold­er said.

"We have to play every game as a fi­nal. We have to win every game left now to give our­selves a good chance and we don’t want to re­ly on oth­er teams to help us. We have to con­trol what we can.”

Hav­ing been put in to bat at the Coun­try Ground in Taunton, the West In­dies post­ed 321 for eight be­fore Bangladesh pulled off the joint sec­ond high­est chase in ICC World Cup his­to­ry to leave the re­gion­al side's hopes of reach­ing the fi­nal four hang­ing by a thread, as they face ta­ble-top­pers New Zealand and In­dia next.

Hold­er said, “I felt at the halfway mark that we were still a few short. A par score on this wick­et with the di­men­sions of the ground was prob­a­bly 360 or 370 and we were well short of that.

“We knew in the first ten overs we had to knuck­le down and get through that dif­fi­cult pe­ri­od. But we should have been able to ro­tate the strike rate a bit bet­ter and find the bound­aries more of­ten.”

Shai Hope top-scored with 96 from 121 balls but Hold­er was frus­trat­ed with his scor­ing rate due to the fact that the ground is one of the small­er ones in the tour­na­ment.

He said, “It was good that Shai went deep but he could have shown a lit­tle bit more in­tent. We lost wick­ets at cru­cial stages and we need­ed one of the top four play­ers to go to the end. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, it wasn’t enough.”

West In­dies had no front­line spin op­tion and the quick bowlers de­liv­ered plen­ty of short-pitched balls that Bangladesh’s bats­men dealt with se­vere­ly.

But Hold­er de­fend­ed the bal­ance of his team, say­ing: “I felt the quick­er bowlers should still have done the job – their spin­ners didn’t pose much of a threat.

“I don’t think the bal­ance was the is­sue to­day. The ex­e­cu­tion was the is­sue and it hurt us. We need­ed new-ball wick­ets which we didn’t get. But they bat­ted re­al­ly well and you have to give them cred­it.

“We missed a cru­cial chance when Shak­ib (Al Hasan) top-edged down to fine leg off (An­dre) Rus­sell 's bowl­ing and Shan­non (Gabriel) should have come in and tak­en the catch. A few top edges didn’t go our way but we didn’t help our­selves in the field ei­ther.”

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