Jason Holder’s interview after the West Indies beat Afghahistan by 9 wickets

West Indies captain Jason Holder spoke to members of the media after his team beat Afghanistan by nine wickets on the third day of the one-off Test match at the Ekana Cricket Stadium. 

Match scores: Afghanistan 187 (Javed Ahmadi 39, Amir Hamza Hotak 34, Afsar Zazai 32; Rahkeem Cornwall 7-75, Jason Holder 2-22) and 120 (Javed Ahmadi 62; Roston Chase 3-10, Jason Holder 3-20, Rahkeem Cornwall 3-41) West Indies 277 (Shamarh Brooks 111, John Campbell 55, Shane Dowrich 42; Amir Hamza Hotak 5-74, Rashid Khan 3-114, Zahir Khan 2-53) and 33-1.

It took just over an hour to wrap up the match. Afghanistan started a hazy morning on 109-7 but lasted only 43 balls as they added just 11 runs. Holder took all three wickets to fall from the pavilion end and finished with 3-20 off his 6.2 overs.

The first to fall was Rashid Khan, who edged an outswinger for Shane Dowrich to hold onto a low catch, diving in front the slips. Holder followed up with the scalp of Yamin Ahmadzai, who played down the wrong line and was comprehensively bowled. The captain then picked up his third, as Afsar Zazai touch another outswinger into the safe gloves of Dowrich.

Asked to score 31 to win, the visitors motored to victory. Left-handed opener John Campbell struck four boundaries in 19 not out off 16 balls. Rahkeem Cornwall, the off-spinning allrounderin his second Test match finished with match figures of 10-121 – 7-75 in the first innings and 3-46 in the second. The 26-year-old also held three catches to earn the Man-of-the-Match award.

“We did expect the spinners to play a heavy role in this game … as the ball got older, I felt it did a little bit more. Great credit to Rahkeem, he was outstanding throughout the match and did everything we asked of him. He’s new to Test cricket, this is just his second match and first away from home, and bowled an exceptional spell in the first innings and then backed it up really well in the second innings, supported by the other bowlers,” Holder said.

“We played a really good cricket game, and we were clinical. I asked the guys to make sure we don’t leave any stones unturned. Probably would have liked a little bit more in our first innings in terms of our batting, but we had a lead of 90. I think leads win games. Once you have a hefty lead, it puts pressure on the opposition.”

 FULL SQUAD

  • Jason Holder (captain) – 8
  • Sunil Ambris – 99
  • Kraigg Brathwaite – 92
  • Shamarh Brooks – 12
  • John Campbell – 32
  • Roston Chase – 10
  • Rahkeem Cornwall – 93
  • Shane Dowrich – 91
  • Shimron Hetmyer – 2
  • Shai Hope – 4
  • Alzarri Joseph – 18
  • Keemo Paul – 84
  • Kemar Roach – 24 
  • Jomel Warrican – 65

 

FULL TOUR RESULTS

November 6: 1st ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 7 wickets

November 9: 2nd ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 47 runs

November 11: 3rd ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 5 wickets

November 14: 1st T20I– Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 30 runs

November 16: 2nd T20I – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Afghanistan won by 41 runs

November 17: 3rd T20I – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Afghanistan won by 29 runs

November 20-23: four-day warm-up – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Match Drawn

November 27 to 29: Test Match – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 9 wickets