The fast bowler Holder twice hit one delivery at his Kensington Oval home ground during a format-best return of 7 for 4 as England were bowled out for just 103 after their Ashes troubles.
The West Indies then scored 104 with 17 balls to spare, with opener Brandon King completing an unbeaten 52 as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
After a 2-1 one-day international series defeat at home against Ireland and now without experienced opener Chris Gayle after the T20 World Cup, where they have won just one of their five matches, it was a happy outcome for the West Indies.
“When it comes to Kensington Oval and Jason Holder, it goes a long way,” West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said at the presentation ceremony. “It simply came to our notice then.
“We supported him on the field and people really put on a show today.”
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The West Indies faced a lot of criticism after the Ireland series but Pollard added: “Hard times can’t last, hard people do … we stay together in the dressing room.”
England will have some time to consider their defeat before Sunday’s second match, admitting captain Eoin Morgan: “We have not been able to adapt enough. We will have to come back tomorrow with a new game plan because conditions are likely to be the same.
“Trying to get the mindset around risk and reward, we got a challenge today.”
For all that Holder was offered an incongruous bounce by the pitch and it was a different format, Saturday’s recession was reminiscent of the batting collapse that hurt England’s recent 4-0 Ashes series defeat in Australia.
After Sheldon Cottrell removed opener Jason Roy, who scored a century in England’s only warm-up match, fellow pacer Holder struck twice in two balls to dismiss Tom Benton and Moin Ali.
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Holder ensured that England were bowled out for 19.4 overs as they removed Saqib Mahmood and Adil Rashid in consecutive balls.
England surpassed their record low T20 total of 80, mainly due to a 36-run eighth-wicket partnership between Chris Jordan (28) and Rashid (22).
England T20 regulars were without Jose Butler and Ben Stokes as they took to the field on a much changed side after the hard work of the Ashes.
Sam Billings was one of five survivors from the XI who lost to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup semifinals in November, making the long journey from Australia to Barbados just days after his Test debut.
As the match unfolded, England’s bowlers were again disappointed by their batsmen, with King hitting four fours and a six in a 49-ball innings under floodlights.
England 103, 19.4 overs (Jason Holder 4-7)
West Indies 104-1, 17.1 overs (Brandon King No. 52)
Result: West Indies won by nine wickets
Series: West Indies are 1-0 up in the five-match series