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Rovman Powell century steer Windies to Super Six

Rovman Powell celebrating his century against Ireland
Rovman Powell celebrating his century against Ireland

Windies 257-8 (Powell 101) beat
Ireland 205 (Roach 4-27) by 52 runs
13th Match, Group A, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Harare

Rovman Powell scored a terrific century while Kemar Roach and Kesrick Williams picked four wickets apiece as Windies stormed into the Super Six stage of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 with a 52-run win over Ireland in the 13th game in Harare.

Earlier, Ireland won the toss and decided to bowl first. They opened the bowling with Andy McBrine (2-45) to counterattack the Windies openers but it was Tim Murtagh (4-41), who dealt early blows with the wickets of Chris Gayle (14) and Marlon Samuels (2).

With Evin Lewis (9) also departing to Boyd Rankin (1-55) and Shai Hope (7) edging a McBrine delivery to the keeper, Windies were reeling at 58 for four.

Shimron Hetmyer (36) and Jason Holder (54) arrested the slide with a 25-run stand for the fifth wicket but once again it was McBrine, who dented their momentum with the wicket of the former.

Just as Ireland felt they had Windies in control at 83 for five, Holder was joined by Powell (101) for another 86 run stand. Holder completed his half-century with a six off 70 deliveries but fell in the next delivery in looking to hit Murtagh down the ground.

West Indies were 173 for six by the end of 40 overs and from there on it was one man show with Powell exhibiting a fine stroke making. He completed his half-century off 76 balls but his next 50 runs came off just 23 deliveries as he went on to notch a fine century and take Windies to 257 for eight in the 50 overs.

The chase did not start well for Ireland with Roach (4-27) striking twice with the new ball to remove Paul Stirling (18) and Andrew Balbirnie (9) while Jason Holder (2-49) removed his opposite number William Porterfield (0) to leave them reeling at 32 for three.

Ed Joyce (63), Niall O Brien (34) and Kevin O Brien (38) all got starts as Ireland looked to fight back but Roach and Williams (4-43) ensured they need to wait for the final round to seal a play-off berth after dismissing them for 205 runs in 46.2 overs.

Powell was named the man of the match as Windies climbed to the pole position in Group A.

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