Rovman Powell Audio | Windies v Ireland at ICC World Cup Qualifier
HARARE, Zimbabwe – Windies batsman Rovman Powell spoke to CWI Media following his sensational batting display against Ireland in the third match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.
The 24-year-old smashed his maiden international century as Windies recovered from 83-5 in the 19th over to post 257-8 off 50 overs.
They then bowled out the Irish for 205 and won by 52 runs – their third consecutive victory. This saw them stay top of Group A and earned qualification to the Super Six stage.
In his first knock of the tournament, Powell hit 101 off 100 balls and included seven fours and seven sixes – the last of which brought up the milestone.
He reached his half-century off 77 balls and then went into overdrive as he posted the highest ODI score by a Windies Number 7 batsman.
Powell featured in a crucial sixth-wicket stand of 86 with skipper Jason Holder, who made 54 off 71 balls – his second consecutive half-century – to follow up the match-winning 99 not out against PNG .
In the second half, fast bowler Kemar Roach had the excellent figures of 10-3-27-4.
He picked up two early wickets and then came back to get another two wickets in the space of four balls in the 37th overs. He had Ed Joyce brilliant caught by Carlos Brathwaite diving in at short midwicket for topscore of 63 and the trapped Kevin O’Brien in front for 38.
Kesrick Williams was also outstanding at the end of the innings to earn career-best figure of 4-43 as Windies captured the last four wickets for just seven runs.
The Windies next match is against the Netherlands on Monday at Harare Sports Club. First ball is 9:30am (3:30am Eastern Caribbean Time/2:30am Jamaica Time).
Rovman Powell Audio
98. Jason Holder (Captain)
3. Jason Mohammed (Vice Captain)
70. Devendra Bishoo
26. Carlos Brathwaite
45. Chris Gayle
2. Shimron Hetmyer
4. Shai Hope
17. Evin Lewis
33. Nikita Miller
5. Ashley Nurse
52. Rovman Powell
24. Kemar Roach
7. Marlon Samuels
60. Kesrick Williams
Start: 9:30am (3:30am Eastern Caribbean/2:30am Jamaica)
Tuesday, March 6: Windies beat UAE by 60 runs at Old Hararians
Thursday, March 8: Windies beat PNG by 6 wickets at Old Hararians
Saturday, March 10: Windies beat Ireland by 52 runs at Harare Sports Club
Monday, March 12: vs Netherlands at Harare Sports Club
Thursday, March 15 to Friday, March 23: Super Six stage
Sunday, March 25: FINAL at Harare Sports Club