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ICC T20 WC: Joseph fires West Indies to a fine win over Zimbabwe

West Indies won by 31 runs.
West Indies won by 31 runs.

West Indies came back into reckoning in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in fine style with a 31 run win over Zimbabwe in a Group B first round encounter at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

After opting to bat, West Indies posted a mere 153 for seven in their 20 overs and in response Zimbabwe were bowled out for 122 in 18.2 overs.

Earlier, West Indies were well served by a 49 run stand between Johnson Charles (45) and Evin Lewis (15). Then there was bit of a collapse as the innings slipped from 77 for one to 101 for six. West Indies seemed to be in deep trouble. Rovman Powell (28) then added 49 runs for the seventh wicket with Akeal Hosein (23). In the end West Indies finished on 153 for seven in their 20 overs.
For Zimbabwe the best bowlers were Sikandar Raza (3-19) and Blessing Muzarabani (2-38).

In their response Zimbabwe got off to a flying start. But after stand-in captain Regis Chakabva fell for 13 the innings slipped into deep mess. Zimbabwe went from being 47 for one to 79 six. The innings never really recovered from the loss of wickets. Towards the end Luke Jongwe (29) did try to use the long handle to good effect, but he just did not succeed without any support. In the end Zimbabwe was bowled out for 122 in 18.2 overs. For West Indies the best bowlers were Alzarri Joseph (4-16) and Jason Holder (3-12).

Match Summary
West Indies: 153-7 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Kyle Mayers-3.3 ov), 2-77 (Evin Lewis-9.5 ov), 3-90 (Nicholas Pooran-12.2 ov), 4-97 (Johnson Charles-12.6 ov), 5-97 (Shamarh Brooks-13.3 ov), 6-101 (Jason Holder-13.6 ov), 7-150 (Rovman Powell-19.4 ov)

Zimbabwe: 122 (18.2)
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Regis Chakabva-2.2 ov), 2-47 (Tony Munyonga-4.5 ov), 3-48 (Sean Williams-5.1 ov), 4-58 (Wessly Madhevere-6.5 ov), 5-64 (Sikandar Raza-7.2 ov), 6-79 (Milton Shumba-10.4 ov), 7-92 (Ryan Burl-13.3 ov), 8-102 (Richard Ngarava-15.3 ov), 9-120 (Luke Jongwe-17.1 ov), 10-122 (Tendai Chatara-18.2 ov)


Result: West Indies won by 31 runs 

Playing XI

West Indies: Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (captain & wicket-keeper), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy

Zimbabwe: Regis Chakabva (captain & wicket-keeper), Wessly Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Tony Munyonga, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani  

Match Details
Toss: West Indies, elected to bat
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Start time: 1000 hrs GMT
Match officials: Aleem Dar, Paul Wilson (On-field Umpires); Kumar Dharmasena (TV Umpire); Chris Brown (Reserve Umpire); Chris Broad (Match-referee)

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