World Cup T20 WI vs ZIM: Zimbabwe blew up in Joseph’s storm, and West Indies kept their hopes up.
Two-time former champions West Indies, calling their defeat in the first match, came back strongly against Zimbabwe on Wednesday and won the match by 31 runs. With this victory, the West Indies team maintained itself in the competition of the ICC T20 World Cup Super 12. Batting first in the round-1 group match against Zimbabwe, West Indies scored 153 runs for 7 wickets. In reply, Zimbabwe’s team was reduced to 122 runs in 18.2 overs.
Charles missed half a century
Opener Johnson Charles scored 45 runs in 36 balls for the West Indies. He hit three fours and two sixes but he missed half a century. Rovman Powell scored 28 runs in 21 balls. He hit one four and two sixes while playing 21 balls.
The team missed the captain
Zimbabwe missed captain Craig Ervine in this match. Due to a mild attack of asthma before the match, Ervine was immediately treated and it was decided to rest him from the match.
Hard work wasted: Sikandar Raza bowled brilliantly for Zimbabwe. He gave 19 runs in 4 overs and took 3 wickets. But could score only 14 runs in batting.
Exciting Group B equation
With the win of West Indies, the equation of Group B has become very exciting. The four teams included in this group have played two matches each and won one match each. To make it to the Super 12, now all the teams will not only have to win their last match but also have a good net run rate.
Hero of Victory: Alzarri Joseph
Joseph took 4 wickets for the first time. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph bowled lethally for the West Indies to defend the target of 154 runs. He took four wickets for 16 runs in 4 overs. Earlier, his best performance was three wickets for 31 runs. Joseph, who became the man of the match, broke into Zimbabwe’s top order. He gave a shock Zimbabwe by sending two of the top 3 batsmen Captain Regis Chakabava (13) and Tony Munyonga (02) to the pavilion.
Holder also shined: Medium pacer Jason Holder played along with Joseph well. He took three wickets for 12 runs.
2nd match: Ireland beat Scotland by 6 wickets
Ireland registered their first win with Campher’s innings. Ireland defeated Scotland by 6 wickets in the round-1 group match with Curtis Campher‘s unbeaten half-century. Batting first on Wednesday, Scotland scored 176 for 5 wickets. But Ireland won by scoring 180 for four in 19 overs. Both the teams played two matches each in the group and won 1-1.
Campher played the biggest innings of his career
Ireland had lost 4 wickets at one time to just 61 runs in 9.3 overs. In such a situation, Curtis Campher took over the team and played the biggest unbeaten 72 of his career. This is his first fifty in T20. Campher, who became the man of the match, hit 7 fours and 2 sixes while playing 32 balls.
Injured England pacer Topley was ruled out
England fast bowler Rees Topley has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an ankle injury. Topley, 6.8 feet tall, suffered an ankle injury while fielding in the warm-up match against Pakistan on Monday. After scanning his injury, it was found that it will take a long time to heal.