Jason Holder Audio | Windies v Afghanistan at ICC World Cup Qualifier
HARARE, Zimbabwe – Windies captain Jason Holder spoke to members of the media following the first Super Six match against Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.
The tall allrounder scored 28 off 26 balls in the Windies total of 197-8 off 50 overs. The Afghans replied with 198-7 off 47.4 overs to take the tense contest by three wickets.
In the Windies innings Shai Hope topscored with 43 and helped Holder add 50 for the fifth wicket. Earlier in the innings Marlon Samuels made 36 in a fourth-wicket stand of 55 with Hope.
Holder returned with the ball to snatch 3-39 off 10 overs. He made a crucial breakthrough in the 36th over when Mohammad Nabi played a powerful hook but found the safe hands Shimron Hetmyer at deep square leg with the score at 132-4.
That gave the 26-year-old Holder his 100th ODI wicket in his 74th match and in the process he became the fifth West Indian to complete the “double” of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets. The others are Sir Vivian Richards, Carl Hooper, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo.
Debutant Keemo Paul came into the match as a replacement for Kemar Roach and the 20-year-old seamer took a wicket with his second ball to give the Windies the perfect start.
He got the ball to move both ways and finished with the impressive figures of 8.4-1-29-2 along with a sharp catch at backward point.
With this result the Windies are now second on the points table with four points. Their second match of the Super Sixes will be against Zimbabwe on Monday at Harare Sports Club.
First ball is 9:30am (3:30am Eastern Caribbean Time/2:30am Jamaica Time).
JASON HOLDER AUDIO
TOURNAMENT DETAILS: www.windiescricket.com
98. Jason Holder (Captain)
3. Jason Mohammed (Vice Captain)
70. Devendra Bishoo
26. Carlos Brathwaite
45. Chris Gayle
2. Shimron Hetmyer
4. Shai Hope
17. Evin Lewis
33. Nikita Miller
5. Ashley Nurse
84. Keemo Paul
52. Rovman Powell
24. Kemar Roach
7. Marlon Samuels
60. Kesrick Williams
Start: 9:30am (3:30am Eastern Caribbean/2:30am Jamaica)
Tuesday, March 6: Windies beat UAE by 60 runs at Old Hararians
Thursday, March 8: Windies beat PNG by 6 wickets at Old Hararians
Saturday, March 10: Windies beat Ireland by 52 runs at Harare Sports Club
Monday, March 12: Windies beat Netherlands by 54 runs (DLS Method) at Harare Sports Club
Thursday, March 15: Windies lost to Afghanistan by 3 wickets at Harare Sports Club
Monday, March 19: v Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club
Friday, March 21: v Scotland at Harare Sports Club
Sunday, March 25: FINAL at Harare Sports Club