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Windies Turn The Corner?

The West Indies put on a commanding display of batting and bowling performance to belt their way to a 17-run victory over England in the final T20I that sealed a 3-2 series win.

Jason Holder created pandemonium in the cricket Mecca at the Kensington Oval in Barbados with a sensational grab of four wickets in four balls, thus becoming only the fourth player of all time to earn that bragging right.

With England requiring 20 runs from the final over in pursuit of 180 in front of a carnival-like crowd, Holder knocked over Chris Jordan (7), Sam Billings (41), Adil Rashid (0), and Saqib Mahmood (0) to send the innings crashing to 162 all out with a ball spare and hand West Indies a precious 3-2 series win over the World Number 1 ranked side.

Earlier, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard had won the toss and elected to bat, with the hosts posting 179-4, with England falling short in reply, bowled out for 162 in the 20th over with Player of the Match Holder (27-5) decisive with a double hat-trick in the final over.

Holder the man with the golden arm

Holder, whose two previous overs went for 25 runs, started with a no-ball but then kept Jordan scoreless from the next delivery before getting him to hole out to mid-wicket off a low full toss. In a sensational end to the contest, Billings then carted the very next delivery down the throat of substitute Hayden Walsh at mid-wicket again before Adil Rashid skied the hat-trick ball to Odean Smith at deep square.

Holder then bamboozled Saqib Mahmood with a full-length delivery which took the inside edge which left the batsman puzzled and the crowd screaming.

Holder finished with 5-27 and was voted Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series.

Holder was congratulated by the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers, in front of the pavilion named in his honor.

“A classic finish. It probably wasn’t the best of starts for myself but for me, I always try to stay in the game, and you never know how this game can go,” he said. “Last night was a topsy-turvy game for me as well, starting well but not being able to finish but it’s the total opposite today, not starting well but being able to close the game out,” said Holder.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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