Thursday, 21 January 2021

Visitors in command, Holder took a career-best 6-42

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LONDON: West Indies captain Jason Holder took a career-best 6-42 and won the first round of his private duel with England allrounder Ben Stokes as the touring side took control of the first test at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.

Holder capitalized on more favorable bowling conditions under overcast skies on Day 2 to claim his seventh five-wicket haul – and sixth in his last 10 tests – and help dismiss England for 204.

One of his wickets was Stokes, the stand-in England captain, who was dropped twice before getting drawn forward by Holder and edging behind for a team-high 43.

The West Indies was 57-1 in reply after 19.3 overs when bad light stopped play just before 6 p.m. local time in Southampton. The teams never got back on the field.

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