Holder stars in WI victory

Calcutta: West Indies registered their second victory in the ICC World Cup Qualifier, being played in Harare.  

A classy captain’s knock from Jason Holder ensured that the Caribbean team go into the weekend with two wins from two matches.

It was a hard-fought and somewhat nervy victory for the West Indies over a spirited Papua New Guinea on Thursday. Chasing a 201-run target, the West Indies were in big trouble at one stage being reduced to 58/4. 

Holder and No.3 batsman Shai Hope took the West Indies home with 46 balls and six wickets to spare.

Both the openers, Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyar, fell for single figures, before Marlon Samuels, for a breezy 24, and Jason Mohammed for a duck, too were dismissed.

Holder remained not out on 99.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan crashed to their third straight loss as they were beaten by 30 runs (via the Duckworth/Lewis method) by Hong Kong.

T. Ura c Mohammed b Nurse 37
V. Morea run out 0
A. Vala c Shai b Brathwaite 57
L. Siaka c Holder b Brathwaite 0
S. Bau b Brathwaite 9
M. Dai lbw Nikita Miller 35
C. Amini c Holder b Miller 7
J. Vare c Nurse b Brathwaite 1
C. Soper c Shai b Brathwaite 1
N. Vanua c Rovman b Kesrick 35
A. Nao not out 1
Extras (lb-7, nb-2, w-8) 17
Total (all out in 42.4 overs) 200
Fall of wickets : 1/1, 2/63, 3/63, 4/82, 5/151, 6/159, 7/161, 8/162, 9/163.
Bowling: Holder 8-0-47-0; Kesrick 7.4-0-44-1; Nurse 6-0-31-1; Brathwaite 10-2-27-5; Samuels 5-0-19-0; Miller 6-0-25-2.
E. Lewis run out 8
S. Hetmyer c Vala b Vanua 8
S. Hope not out 49
M. Samuels c Vala b Nao 24
J. Mohammed lbw Amini 0
J. Holder not out 99
Extras (lb-5, w-8) 13
Total (for 4 wickets in 43 overs) 201
Fall of wickets: 1/14, 2/16, 3/53, 4/58.
Bowling: Vanua 10-0-36-1; Dai 6-0-32-0; Nao 6-1-16-1; Amini 10-0-51-1; Soper 6-1-40-0; Vala 2-0-6-0; Siaka 3-0-15-0.
MoM: J. Holder


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