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Jason Holder and Johnson Charles at the post-match press conference
Jason Holder and Johnson Charles at the post-match press conference

NAPIER, New Zealand – Captain Jason Holder led from the front with a match-winning bowling performance as West Indies beat United Arab Emirates at McLean Park on Sunday.

The 23-year-old took 4-27 to win the Man-of-the-Match award – the third four-wicket haul of his career. West Indies bowled out UAE for 175 and won by six wickets with 117 balls to spare. They finished fourth in Pool B to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Holder was well supported by new ball partner Jerome Taylor who took 3-36 – to move to 14 wickets – the fifth most in the tournament. Andre Russell (2-20) bowled with good pace and accuracy.

In the second half, Johnson Charles led the run chase with a half-century in his first match of the tournament. He topscord with 55 off 40 balls with nine fours and two sixes. Left-hander Jonathan Carter (50 not out) also played well to record the first half-century of his career.

West Indies will now travel to Wellington for their quarter-final match against New Zealand on Saturday. First ball at the Westpac Stadium is 2pm (9pm Friday Eastern Caribbean Time/8pm Friday Jamaica Time).

FULL SQUAD (with shirt numbers)

98 – Jason Holder (Captain)

7 – Marlon Samuels (Vice Captain)

62 – Sulieman Benn

78 – Jonathan Carter

25 – Johnson Charles

19 – Sheldon Cottrell

45 – Chris Gayle

33 – Nikita Miller

80 – Denesh Ramdin

24 - Kemar Roach

12 – Andre Russell

88 – Darren Sammy

54 – Lendl Simmons

50 – Dwayne Smith

75 – Jerome Taylor

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

Monday, Feb 16: Ireland beat West Indies by 4 wickets – Saxton Oval, Nelson

Saturday, Feb 21: West Indies beat Pakistan b y 150 runs – Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Tuesday, Feb 24: West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs – Munaka Oval, Canberra (day/night)

Friday, Feb 27: South Africa beat West Indies by 257 runs – SCG, Sydney (day/night)

Friday, Mar 6: India beat West Indies by 4 wickets – WACA Ground, Perth (day/night)

Sunday, Mar 15: West Indies beat United Arab Emirates by 6 wickets – McLean Park, Napier

QUARTER-FINAL: Saturday, Mar 21: vs New Zealand – Westpac Stadium, Wellington (day/night)


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