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March 19, 2018 Jason Holder News
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Holder toppled four for 35 off 10 overs in Monday's ODI victory over Zimbabwe in the ICC World Cup Qualifier.
While Zimbabwe posted an impressive 289 in the first innings, Holder was excellent, with nearly two-thirds of his deliveries going for dot balls en route to his fourth-career ODI four-for, his second best figures of the tournament after taking a fifer against the UAE in the tournament opener. Holder and the Windies will look to close things out with a flourish against Scotland on Wednesday and punch their ticket to the World Cup.
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Fantasy AnalysisA bowler by trade, the 25-year-old has shown himself to be quite handy with the bat, averaging 28.23 in 47 innings with a century and six half-centuries to his name. However, he stepped it up a notch when coming in at No. 9, partnering with his wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich for 212 runs on the eighth wicket to lead the way for his side and put up his top score.
Fantasy AnalysisForced to play the supporting role to Evin Lewis as he blasted a 24 boundary and 130 ball 176, Holder, the West Indies captain hit 77 from 62 . Holder was only dismissed in the last ball of the innings, caught by Sam Billings off Liam Plunkett. His innings included four fours and four sixes. However, with the ball, Holder was less successful, going wicketless for nine overs yet was economical, going for 52 runs (5.78 runs per over).
Fantasy AnalysisIn the rain-affected match that reduced each side to 42 overs, Holder stepped up for his side when the middle order failed to set a competitive total against the strong English batting lineup. Batting at seven, Holder came to the crease with the visiting side at five for 149 and carried the side to a more respectable 204 at the end of the allotted overs. He hit 41 from 33 balls with five fours in the innings. With the ball he was less successful, bowling just three overs for 18 runs.
Fantasy AnalysisHolder struggled through the first two matches of the series and made a number of questionable decisions as the skipper, but found his form with the ball in the penultimate innings of the series. His reluctance to use Devendra Bishoo in the first innings was bizarre, as he was fit enough to bowl 11 overs in the second innings. As a bowler himself, Holder recorded his first career Test four-for and helped hold England to a very chase-able 194 in the first innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe bowling allrounder had struggled throughout the series-along with the rest of the West Indies' attack-as India was able to outshine them in the first three matches. However, he found another gear as they were defending just 189. Taking the early wicket of Virat Kohli took the wind out of India's sails and forced them to defend their wickets. In his final spell, Holder was absolutely sensational, bowling out Hardik Pandya at the start of the 46th over, getting Ravindra Jadeja in the 48th and then Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami at the death to secure an 11 run victory. This was Holder's first five-for in an ODI, having taken one in a Test. He'll look to keep his strong form going in the final ODI of the series on Thursday, which, despite being outplayed for the first half of the series, would bring the two teams level.
Fantasy AnalysisThe West Indies captain led an inexperienced West Indian side to victory following his great figures of two wickets for 16 runs off eight overs. An economy rate of two runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisAdding to his superb spell of three wickets for 10 off nine overs in the last hour on the third day, Holder picked up two more wickets on the fourth day of the third test to complete his first test five wicket bag. He did so by getting the wickets of Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah, this left him with figures of five wickets for 30 runs from 17.3 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisWhat a spell Holder had in the waning overs of day three as Holder bowled four maidens across his nine overs and knocked off the dangerous trio of Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan in the 15th, 17th and 19th overs. After a fairly pedestrian first innings and four total wickets over the first two Tests, Holder's play will certainly be a boon to the West Indies as they look for their first victory of the Test series.
Fantasy AnalysisEntering Friday's match, Holder was considered "doubtful" for the Wind Indies' playing XI, but his fitness improved enough for the allrounder to make an appearance. After losing the toss, his top order suffered a cascade of dismissals, sans Darren Bravo, who eventually top scored with 102. Bravo's massive fifth-wicket stand with Kieron Pollard produced 156 runs, but Holder was an able replacement for the latter upon his exit in the 30th. During his time with the bat, Holder had fruitful partnerships of 33 with Bravo and 54 with Carlos Brathwaite, helping bring the hosts to 285. The ultimate display of Holder's health, though, was his impeded 10-over spell to kick off the second innings, which included the wicket of JP Duminy and set the tone for the victory.
Fantasy AnalysisIn the veritable play-in game for the triangular series final, Holder will be hampered significantly by the injury, if he's picked for the Windies' playing XI. In the case that he's sidelined, expect Jonathan Carter to take Holder's spot, while Denesh Ramdin serves as the captain for the do-or-die match.
Fantasy AnalysisEntering at No. 7, Holder seemingly had a tall task on his hands due to the Tridents residing at 5/57 through 11.5. His first partner, Kieron Pollard, departed by the end of the next over, but Holder and Rayad Emrit righted the ship enough to accrue 45 off the next 34 balls. For the tournament, Holder hasn't exactly impressed with either bat or ball, but his batting strike rate of 133.33 implies that an outburst like Saturday's can occur from the latter part of the order.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his sole partnership with Shai Hope, Holder managed 21 off 29, which included a whopping 18 dot balls. Holder was also capped at two overs due to the Patriots completing the chase with 17 balls to spare. Going forward, expect the allrounder to make his primary impact with the ball, though he's only managed four wickets and a 7.16 economy rate in seven CPL games to date.
Fantasy AnalysisHolder was extremely impressive with the bat during the tournament, averaging 51.66 runs including two half-centuries, the first two of his ODI career. A lethal striker with good technique, he could develop into a decent all-rounder in the next few seasons. With the ball, Holder picked up nine wickets at 39.00, going for 6.05 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisHolder starred with the ball for the West Indies, taking the first three wickets in a devastating opening spell. He bowled with an economy rate of 2.70 and conceded just two boundaries in his 10-over spell. The young West Indian captain hasn't had the best tournament so far, taking only five wickets before this match, but after this performance, he may have turned the corner.
Fantasy AnalysisEntering in a precarious position, with the Windies situated at 85/7 in the 25th over, Holder helped navigated his side to a somewhat respectable total. However, the 23-year-old captain fell short of leading his side to a whole innings when he holed out at 44.2. While he failed to add to his five wickets in the tournament, he's posted back-to-back half centuries at a 100.89 strike rate, which he'll have to build upon in his next match on Mar. 15 against the UAE, if the West Indies desire moving on to the knockout stage.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was by far Holder's worst day with the ball, but when AB de Villiers gets going, there's not much any bowler can do, and Holder bore the brunt of his brutal onslaught. This was the first time Holder had batted in the tournament and notched his first career half-century. He had only hit two sixes in his career before Friday, but added four in this game alone and looked like an accomplished batsmen. The West Indies now have to face red-hot India, and Holder's bowling will be tested again.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a disappointing start to his World Cup campaign, as both a bowler and captain, Holder has turned it around in the last two games, taking four wickets at 35.50. He will continue to pair with Jerome Taylor as a fairly formidable opening partnership, with both new ball bowlers combining for 10 wickets in the past two matches.
Fantasy AnalysisIn the fifth and final World Cup warmup between the West Indies and South Africa, Holder was unable to maintain a steady over-rate, as the West Indies were two overs short once time allowances were considered. Despite only have 21 ODIs under his belt at the end of 2014, the 23-year-old pace bowler was named captain of the West Indies' World Cup side, signifying his relevance in the cricketing world. He took eight wickets across five games during the recent series, but a 6.83 economy rate wasn't good enough against a powerful South African side.