West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, St Lucia July 20, 2013

'I know my hitting area' - Holder

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Jason Holder, the West Indies fast bowler, has few batting credentials to brag about, but was confident he could hit the 15 runs needed off the final over to win the third ODI against Pakistan. The No. 11 Holder managed to crack 14 to miraculously tie a game which West Indies seemed destined to lose, when they needed 39 off the final three overs with only two wickets remaining.

Holder powered a four over cover and a six over extra cover off Wahab Riaz in the final over before scampering two off the last delivery to level the scores. "I know my hitting area and I knew exactly the area I was targeting. I kept looking at the field and I knew the bowler would offer width on the off-stump," Holder said. "With my reach I knew I could make good contact and I backed myself to win the game. Coming close to the end I was focused on getting the runs."

Kemar Roach, who was involved in a similarly tense finish against India three weeks ago, was on the non-striker's end in the final over. Though the more experienced Roach faced only one ball in the final over, Holder said Roach's role was crucial."I have to give a lot of credit to Kemar," Holder said. "He had a lot of faith in me and he told me 'you can do it!'... we both believed and in the end it was quite good to get the runs and at least come away with a tie."

Before Holder's heroics in the final over, Lendl Simmons had shepherded the chase with his 75, but was dismissed in the 46th over with West Indies still some way away from victory. "I'm a bit disappointed that I was not able to carry on and win it for the team," Simmons said. "I was playing really well, but got out at a crucial stage in the run chase."

Sunil Narine then gave West Indies an outside chance by lashing 14 off five deliveries off Saeed Ajmal in the 48th over. Ajmal had proven miserly before the over, with figures of 9-1-21-2, but the boundaries from Narine kept West Indies in the game.

"Credit to Sunil and Jason for the way they played in a pressure situation," Simmons said. "They are two of the younger members of the team and they really held their nerve ... their batting was superb. At one stage it looked like we could not reach the target but they played the big shots, under pressure, and pulled off a great tie in the end."

The crowd at Beausejour Stadium was delighted with the result, but Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore could be seen fuming in the Pakistan dressing room. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was also unhappy at letting the match slip after having been on top for much of the game. "It's really disappointing, we were in a really good position but the way Holder played, he took the game away from us," Misbah said. "We bowled too many full deliveries to the tailender ... but hats off to them, they played really well."

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  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Its really amazing how the whole world can see that the WI selectors not only have it absolutely wrong but are destroying WI cricket, there is no incentive for young talent to come into the team cause the Big Guns are not dropped when they fail, how on earth can you retain Gayle, Pollard, DJ Bravo, Smith & Samuels after so many failures Miguel Cummins or another can easily replace Pollard or DJ Bravo and Johnathan Carter or Kieron Powell should come in for Gayle or Samuels, sometimes for a players benefit you have to give them a rest. Clyde Butts and company look at their avg over the last 3 series you guys are ridiculous, these guys dont even have good avg and are failing? I think the world I would prefer to see young talent failing than these guys, look at Joe Root from England

  • K on July 20, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Drop Gayle, Pollard and DJ Bravo; since it is a rebuilding process. Pollard does not even know how to come forward to defend; just watch his technique. Gayle does not to move his feet, just swat from planted legs. DJ Bravo was sure to defend giving away 30 runs in the death overs when asked by Bishop "these things happen"; "the batters should have done more" which includes these three culprits.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Agree with Couldric Miles give few more youngster few opportunities kieron pollard and gayles have thir eyes in only while playing for their clubs abroad. when for the team they are little not up to the mark.they need to learn from sammy his commitment alway high for the country.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    With Gayle it's not that he isn't getting runs but the way in which he is getting out. As I said in another post CG's problem is that of late he doesn't play the ball with a straight bat but rather with a slanted bat(45 degrees) resuting in most of his attempted shots ending up at slip or behind the wicket or crashing into his stumps( in the last match). Does CG work on his batting? If he looks at the tapes(no IPL please) he will realise that his best innings are when he plays the ball straight. More test match cricket needed for sure to better these guys general technique.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    In recent times so many players were dropped for lack of form. Among them, Kirk Edwards, Sarwan, Devon Smith (before his reselection), Andre Fletcher, Ramdin, Devon Thomas, Carlton Baugh, Xavier Marshall, Adrian Barath, Brendan Nash and the list goes on. Is Gayle immune. He takes up a slot in the batting, and fielding department with very little to show recently. Take out his recent hundred and he's easily the worst batsman on the team in recent times along with Pollard. I think he needs a break to get back his focus. give Kieron Powell half of Gayles chances and we may get better results from him.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    The fact that Bravo and Pollard are good friends is being being played out in WI cricket. This man had done nothing for the team. Some 4 ducks and being given the ball at the death have costs this team dearly, yet he can't be dropped. In the meantime we have much better players lying around and can't get a break. I don't think that any player goes out there to give away wickets so i wont cuss Samuels who is trying to stick around and get some form so we need to stop saying players only play for money. The IPL and ODI are different forms which require different skill sets. This guy Pollard has no technique to play either tests or ODI but as long as Bravo is around he will be, so don't be surprised if you see Sammy being dropped in favour of Pollard. he has lost the captaincy when he should not have and it quite clear that Bravos captaincy cost us the match. How can you have Samuels who bowled three overs for 4 runs and give Pollard the ball? Makes no sense at all.

  • Tajal on July 20, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    When's the last time Chris Gayle got dropped for poor form? He's contributed nothing in this series

  • sudeep on July 20, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    I think its high time for W.I to look for new talent instead of giving chances to Gayle, Samules, Pollard bcz they only play for money.Pakistan should concentrate on batting.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Over confident is what Pakistan team is about. u cant take it easy untill the last bowl is done. Windies though i am little upset with top orders the mid and tailenders did very well.. hatss of to u guys.. n best of luck for the match ahead.. get ur spirits carebean they way u plays in IPL u guys rocks over there show ur talent here too.. show some big bam entertainment... Pakistan need to Practice alot in Domestic circket take a break from international u spoiling ur ranking... i just dont want to see u guys called off from test team nation n going for basic.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    The truth is it should have never come down to Holder. Between Gayle who dropped chances and through away his wicket since this isn't IPL, Samuels who obviously does not care about the match situation or the Windies, and the great captain Dwayne Bravo who gave about 30 runs in his last 2 overs yet scored only 13 of 24 deliveries when the required rate of between 8 - 10 runs per over, they lost the game. I don't know why Windies are celebrating. They should be 3-0 up in the series yet they are going to the 4th ODI 1-1 and there is no sign of their death bowling or top order batting improving. Test Cricket people! Test Cricket! That is the only way to resurrect Windies yet they are going to play their second domestic T20 tournament for the year in about weeks time. And people are surprised why all the talent in the Carribean is not blossoming.

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