Holder’s Best 4 for 7 Powers West Indies Over England

Jason Holder

Jason Holder gave his best performance in T20 cricket, winning 4 wickets for 7 runs in a memorable performance at home, to propel West Indies to a nine-wicket victory over England on Saturday in Barbados. The win put West Indies one place in the five-game Twenty20 International series with another showdown scheduled for 3pm today.

The win saw West Indies bounce back on their winning streak and avenge a humiliating loss to England in the T20 World Cup, when the home side were swept away for 55. It was the most England’s lowest in eight years and the lowest ever recorded on Caribbean soil.

First playing in seam-friendly conditions in the first international game at Kensington Oval in two years, West Indies brushed aside world number one for 103 in the final, with fast bowler Jason Holder recording career-best numbers from four for seven.

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His new partner Sheldon Cottrell backed with two for 30, the pair combining to reduce England to 26 for four at the end of the first power play.

The visitors appeared to be heading for a record low at 49 for seven in the 12th. But it took Barbados-born all-rounder Chris Jordan blasting three sixes for 28 on 23 balls while Adil Rashid participated with an 18-ball 23 on three fours to get triple-digit innings.

Brandon King then hit his second half in three innings with an unbeaten 52 from 49 deliveries, while southpaw Nicholas Pooran (27 not out) joined him to bring the West Indies home with 17 balls to spare, after Shai Hope perished for 20 years. .

“That’s the kind of plan we had the guys come in and try to show,” captain Kieron Pollard said.

“We are really happy for the guys in this locker room. Winning matches for us is a rarity at the moment and being able to go out and win a cricket match was not easy. And seeing the young guys finish…it was fantastic.

Jason Roy (6) hit a six on the fifth ball of the opener to break a four-point spell, but then lost his center stump to a full throw from Cottrell, on the final delivery.

Holder retired Tom Banton for four in the next for a wicket grab and on the very next delivery, called on Moeen Ali to collect the first ball he faced low at Fabian Allen on point.

When James Vince picked out Darren Bravo for cover from Cottrell in the fifth of 14, England had lost their best order and were in desperate need of a rebuild.

Sam Billings (2), Liam Dawson (2) and captain Eoin Morgan (17) fell in quick succession before Jordan came on to save the innings in a 36-run eighth wicket with Rashid.

But left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein broke the partnership when he brought Jordan out long in the 17th and Holder came back to claim the last two wickets to end the innings.

“I was happy to see the ball go the way it did. In the Caribbean these days sometimes you struggle to see the ball go like that,” a delighted Man of the Match holder said. .

“To be honest, we had a really perfect day. It’s not much that I can really identify that we did wrong. The challenge is to be consistent and repeat it tomorrow.

Facing a straight chase under the lights, West Indies were led by King, with the right-hander posting 52 for the first wicket with Hope and another 52 in an unbroken second wicket with Pooran.

In total, King hit four fours and a six, hitting his second T20I half in the 17th with a ground single against new point guard Saqib Mahmood.

Hope was pulled from his crease and dropped leg spinner Rashid in the tenth, but Pooran came on to belt out two fours in a measured 29-ball shot to help King take the win.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in the second game of the series.

/CMC

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