Holder’s four-in-four helps the WI series seal

West Indies’ Jason Holder (C) celebrates with team mates after beating England in their fifth and final T20I match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Sunday. -AFP photo

Hometown hero Jason Holder took four wickets from successive balls in a spectacular final as West Indies beat England by 17 runs in the fifth and decisive Twenty20 International at the Kensington Oval on Sunday for a 3-2 series win .

Akeal Hosein had already slowed England’s progress with a better four-for-30 format.

James Vince, who holeshot for a best 55 innings, was among those who fell on the left arm spinner.

England, however, were still in the game, needing 20 points to reach a target of 180 when the versatile Holder began winning the game final at their home ground in Barbados.

Although he started the game without a ball, the imposing pacemaker took out Chris Jordan and Sam Billings with his legitimate second and third deliveries thanks to the help of catches in the middle of the deep wicket by substitute outfielder Hayden Walsh Jr.

Holder then took Adil Rashid square leg deep before ending the match when he beat Saqib Mahmood, with both batsmen out for golden ducks.

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Ireland’s Curtis Campher are the only other men to take four wickets from four in a T20 international match.

Holder finished with a career-best return of five for 27 from 2.5 overs, having already knocked out England captain Moeen Ali.

“I’m proud of (not bowling) without balls, happy with the way I came back, I bowled a point ball afterwards, then they had to come strong so I got all four wickets”, Holder said.

The former West Indies captain was named both player of the match and series after winning 15 wickets in five games, all at the Kensington Oval.

“I’m fired up at the moment, I love playing at Kensington Oval,” he added. “It’s the best place in the world to play cricket.”

Billings kept England in the game before falling for 41 from 28 balls as the Tourists were dismissed for 162 from 19.5 overs.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard led a late run with a quick 41 not out on a 179-for-four total.

His bowlers then finished the job as the West Indies, beaten by 34 runs in the fourth T20 on Saturday, enjoyed much-needed success after a one-day international series loss at home to Ireland earlier this month .

“It was a different game to last night and we capitalized with the bat in the last four overs,” said Pollard, who shared an unbroken 74-over five-over position with midweek maker Rovman Powell ( 35 not released).

“It’s Jason Holder’s home ground, his hometown, but it was a total team effort on our part.”

Moeen were again leading an England side missing injured captain Eoin Morgan, with the tourists deprived of all rounds of T20 regulars Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes after their effort against Ashes.

But Moeen was in no mood to make excuses.

“I thought West Indies were the better team,” he said, adding, “They were smarter than us today with the bat and the ball.”

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