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Holder, Taylor give Windies hope for knockout place

The West Indies duo did all they could to ensure their side kept their World Cup quarter-finals chances alive.

Irelands batsman John Mooney (2nd L) celebrates with teammate Niall OBrien (L) as the West Indies team (R) leaves the field after the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and the West Indies at Saxton Park Oval in Nelson on 16 February, 2015. Picture: AFP.

NAPIER - West Indies captain Jason Holder and his new ball partner Jerome Taylor did all they could to ensure their side kept their World Cup quarter-finals chances alive as they dismissed United Arab Emirates for 175 at McLean Park in Napier on Sunday.

West Indies must win the game to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages from Pool B and then await the outcome of the Ireland-Pakistan game later in Adelaide.

They also need to be wary of the weather with heavy rain expected later on Sunday as Cyclone Pam tracks south from the Pacific islands.

Holder took four wickets, while Taylor chipped in with two of his three in a spell in which they reduced UAE to 46 for six before Amjad Javed and Nasir Aziz combined for a 107-run partnership that gave their score some credibility.

Holder, who had won the toss and chosen to field, ripped the top off UAE's batting as he had Andri Berenger (seven) and Krishan Chandran (nought) caught behind the wicket then trapped Amjad Ali lbw for five to leave UAE in deep trouble at 17 for three in the sixth over.

Taylor then produced two beautiful swinging deliveries to bowl Khurram Khan (five) and Shaiman Anwar (two) as the associate nation slumped to 26 for five.

Swapnil Patil and Amjad Javed stopped the rot before Holder took his fourth wicket when he bowled Patil for six.

Javed (56) and Aziz (60), however, then frustrated the West Indies bowlers by scoring maiden half centuries which produced a noticeable drop in intensity from the fielders.

West Indies will need to chase the score without opening batsman Chris Gayle, who was ruled out before the toss with a back injury.

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