Jason Holder in the skipper of West Indies © AFP
Jason Holder in the skipper of West Indies © AFP

West Indies may be without their skipper Jason Holder for their must-win ODI against South Africa at Barbados. Holder suffered a hamstring injury in his side’s loss against Australia. The 24 year old bowled two overs before leaving the field of play, and did not come back. His involvement in the final match isn’t a surety. West Indies will need to beat South Africa and earn a bonus point in order to qualify for the final. The hosts have eight points from five matches, with a Net Run Rate (NRR) of -0.988. Their opponents on the other have 12 points, with a healthy NRR of +0.697. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, 9th ODI Match

Speaking about his injury after the game, cricbuzz quoted Holder saying, ”I’ve strained my left hamstring. Hopefully I’ll be ready for the game on Friday, still not sure at the moment. I think the bowlers made a very good attempt at trying to defend the runs. It was just unfortunate we were one bowler short.”

“Fletcher came on and slipped in three tight overs. In hindsight, he probably could have gone on for two more. Having said that we fought right down to the end with a bowler short, so credit must go to the bowling unit.”

The hosts made a healthy 282 for 8 after being put into bat by Steven Smith. They were reeling at 31 for 3, before Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin formed a record 192-run partnership to help their side reach a formidable total. In the process, Samuels reached his maiden century against Australia and 5000 runs in ODI. His partner on the other hand missed out on a century by nine runs, but did manage to become the first West Indian wicketkeeper to score 2000 runs in ODI.