Two-time world champions West Indies defeated Zimbabwe in Group ‘B’ of the Twenty20 World Cup at Bellerive Oval in Hobart today (19) and are now alive in Group B for the Super 12 spot.
The West Indies decided to bat first and scored 153 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Johnson Charles scored 45 runs in 36 balls, Rovman Powell scored 28 runs in 21 balls and Akail Hossain scored 23 runs in 18 balls.
Chasing 154, Zimbabwe’s Wesley Madhewere got off to a good start with a 19-ball 27, but Zimbabwe lost wickets in a rapid procession. Within 8.0 overs, the West Indians took 5 wickets and the West Indians were in a difficult situation at 66 runs. Then the West Indies bowlers hit one after the other and bowled out Zimbabwe for 122 runs.
Alzari Joseph (4/16) and Jason Holder (3/12) excelled with the ball as West Indies managed to finish third.
Rovman Powell played a very special role in this match. He managed to take the crumbling West Indies scoreboard to a winning scoreboard of 153 runs.
Additionally, Bishop believes Powell can help inspire the next generation of West Indies cricketing talent with his visionary strength.
“I want people to know we have people out there with morals, because a lot of people look at West Indians and West Indies cricketers and stereotype them. I think Rovman is slowly breaking that mould and I’m immensely proud that we in the region have a young man like that.” IAN BISHOP
Accordingly, West Indies recorded their first victory in the tournament and still had the ability to stay in the tournament.