The Windies all-rounder, Jason Holder pulled off a record-breaking performance when it mattered the most to lead West Indies to a 17-run win in the final T20I against England as the hosts won the T20I series 3-2. The former captain had scalped four wickets in four balls in the last over and with that, he became the first West Indian male cricketer to take a hat-trick in T20Is. Jason Holder is the first Windies player to achieve the feat, delivering the goods to help his team beat the visiting English team.
In the final over of the match, with England needing 20 runs to win, Holder got the wickets of Chris Jordan, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, and Saqib Mahmood off consecutive deliveries to register his name in the record books.
With the series ties 2-2, it was all to play for at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. West Indies batted first after winning the toss. Brandon King and Kyle Mayers gave their team a brilliant start. However, the hosts lost a couple of wickets after the powerplay that dented their scoring rate.
Nicholas Pooran played an uncharacteristically slow knock, as he scored 21 off 24 balls. However, Kieron Pollard and Rovman Powell provided much-needed momentum in the first innings. The duo made a partnership of 74 runs in just 33 balls, both remaining unbeaten to power the hosts to 179 for four in their 20 overs.
During the first innings, in the 18th over bowled by Chris Jordan, Rovaman Powell unleashed his ferocious power. The bowler gave him width and Powell smoked the ball over the head of the sweeper, who would have needed a trampoline to get close. The ball went like a tracer bullet for a six:
Here is the video of the six:
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In reply, England lost both openers — Jason Roy and Tom Banton — in the first six overs itself, however, some fine hitting from James Vince helped them keep abreast with the required rate. West Indies, though, kept on taking crucial wickets to stop the English from running away with the game. Sam Billings played a crucial knock of 41 off just 28 balls to keep England in the hunt during the chase. Holder put the final nail in England’s coffin with his double hat-trick as West Indies won the series 3-2.