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153/7 (20)
122/10 (18.2)
WI won by 31 runs.
Player of the match: Alzarri Joseph
 
So that ends another fascinating day at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022. Just two days to go in the first round and we still don't know which teams will make it to the Super 12. By this time tomorrow though, we will have part of it answered with two teams from Group A set to book their spots. Sri Lanka and the Netherlands lock horns in the morning at Kardinia Park in Geelong before Namibia take on the UAE later in the afternoon. Do join us for our coverage of those two encounters right here on Sportskeeda and you can be rest assured that we're in for a cracking day ahead of us tomorrow. Of course, do stay tuned to further cricketing news and action from around the globe on this very platform. For the moment, this is the duo of Pradeep Somashekar and Sooryanarayanan Sesha thanking you for joining us and taking your leave. See you around soon - buh-bye for now!
A massive win for the West Indies after the shock defeat to Scotland a couple of days ago. Mind you, they were nowhere near being clinical but they've got the points and that's what matters. Skipper Pooran is clearly not pleased with his batting unit and that is an issue they must look to address. Likewise for Zimbabwe, who cannot rely on Sikandar Raza to bail them out every game and that showed today. But my word, aren't things set up beautifully or what! It's two virtual knockouts now in Group B - the winners of the Ireland-West Indies clash and the Zimbabwe-Scotland clash on Friday will proceed to the Super 12.
Nicholas Pooran (West Indies Captain): We spoke yesterday and we knew we had to take responsibility as a batting group. We tried to be a bit conservative in the middle. We tried to get partnerships but it didn't work. Happy that the guys responded (after that). Akeal and Rovman put in that partneship at the end. And we came back well after those first two overs. We spoke about trusting our process. (On Kyle Mayers bowling the first over) Among the seamers, he's the one who can swing the ball. Unfortunately he couldn't get it right but we back him 100 percent. We'll keep supporting him. The guys are coming well as a bowling group but it's just about continuing to develop and get better. We still took those wickets in the Powerplay as well. (On Holder) Jase has put his hand up. He's the most experienced bowler we have here. We expect a lot out of him. Alzarri Joseph, not just now, but since the beginning, he has been doing well. He has been our best bowler. I'm very happy these guys are getting these opportunities now. If we fall down we have to pick ourselves up. Happy for Jason and Alzarri but Akeal is also bowling well, Odean Smith is bowling well. We want to create a comfortable atmosphere. (On his own form) I'm working really hard, day in and day out. It isn't happening for me but everything happens for a reason. Hopefully Friday is the day I come out and do well.
Regis Chakabva (Captain, Zimbabwe): I thought that our bowlers stuck to their plans, with the process that we came in trying to hit the lengths especially with the spinners and try to rush the overs in the middle period of the game, the bowlers did well to pull it back from there. (About the finish that West Indies got) Would've been happier to have restricted for even lesser, I just thought that we probably one too many in the first 10 overs, credit to Alzarri who opened up the gates for them. (About the pitch) I thought the pitch played well throughout, the conditions didn't change much. (On their chances in the tournament) The boys are still pretty confident, obviously we will be disappointed with the start we got but we will look to bounce back on Friday.
Alzarri Joseph has been adjudged the Player of the Match! Here's what he has to say: Very encouraging but the job's not done yet, we have one more game to play, we need to get that win and get to the next round. For me, it's all about pulling back the team, try and get early wickets, if not, keep it tight. (On his yorkers) It took a bit of work, depends on the batter, how they in the crease, just keep an eye on the batter and bowl. (About the surface) Pretty good, it's still a good wicket for cricket, all in all I'm really happy with the performance and team really put a big effort to pull off a win here.
Match summary: West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 32 runs.

Johnson Charles 45 (36) | Alzarri Joseph 4/16 (4)
Luke Jongwe 29 (22) | Sikandar Raza 3/19 (4)

They looked down and out. Most certainly after posting just 153 which was clearly below par for the course but the two-time champions were keen to make a statement. And the West Indies have made one and then some alright!

With Kyle Mayers conceding 18 off the first over, things started to go horribly wrong from the outset. It was quite surprising that Nicholas Pooran didn't turn to his lead seamers from the word go but once Alzarri Joseph came on, the game turned on its head. Regis Chakabva couldn't capitalize on a flying start and Joseph prized him, as well as Tony Munyonga out quickly, bowling with serious gas along the way. The intent was on cue from Wesley Madhevere but even as they piled up the runs in the Powerplay, they lost a third wicket to keep the game in the balance.

Once again, the attention shifted to Sikandar Raza but Jason Holder's entry threw another spanner into the works of the Zimbabwean chase. After he removed the set Madhevere, Raza tried to take the attack to Odean Smith before perishing himself. In many ways, that's where the chase came crashing down for Zimbabwe as, despite the asking rate being under control, the lack of wickets left them with far too tall a mountain to climb.

The West Indian seamers were smart in using the quick nature of the surface to good effect and testing it by hitting the deck hard. Ryan Burl and Luke Jongwe hung around and found the odd boundary but Akeal Hosein did his bit to keep it tight before allowing his quicker colleagues to do the needful. Joseph put on a masterclass in real, quick bowling, hitting the base of the stumps for fun with Holder not too far behind himself.

Jongwe threatened to take it deep but with far too many wickets falling around him, it was always a matter of that one delivery that would close out the game for good. And with his wicket, that is exactly what transpired. With Joseph and Holder combining for seven wickets, it was a masterful bowling display, although the shot selection from the batters of both sides left a lot to be desired today. This result has thrown the group wide open though - stick around as we hear from the captains shortly...
That's how you wrap up a victory! Right into the block hole and the West Indies have got out of the woods here. How did they defend this total? It's been a masterclass alright! West Indies win by 32 runs!
18.2 Jason Holder to Tendai Chatara, OUT! IT'S ALL OVER! WEST INDIES WIN! Searing yorker, pin point it is and Chatara couldn't keep it out as he fails to jam his bat in time, sneaks through to rattle the stumps. Still hopes for West Indies in the tournament, they stay alive!
Tendai Chatara b Jason Holder 3 (8b 0x4 0x6)
18.1 Jason Holder to Tendai Chatara, change of pace, short on the outside off, Chatara too early to cut and misses.
Jason Holder [3.0-0-12-2] is back into the attack
Frame these figures on the wall of your living room Alzarri Joseph. This has been a top-drawer spell that has vaulted the West Indies from the abyss into a position of strength. Sheer velocity on the perfect radar - it's been a treat to watch!
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122 /9 score
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cricket bat icon Tendai Chatara
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cricket bat icon Blessing Muzarabani *
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cricket ball icon Alzarri Joseph
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17.6 Alzarri Joseph to Tendai Chatara, OH! Length delivery on the leg-stump, Chatara keeps it out and takes a single as well. Joseph finishes off a magnificent spell!
17.5 Alzarri Joseph to Blessing Muzarabani, full toss on the off-stump, Muzarabani smacked it straight to mid-on where Odean fumbles and they take a single.
17.4 Alzarri Joseph to Blessing Muzarabani, short and rising into Muzarabani, stands tall and chopped it into the off-side for another dot.
17.3 Alzarri Joseph to Blessing Muzarabani, full on the fifth stump this time, Muzarabani reaches for it to carve it away for another swing and a miss.
17.2 Alzarri Joseph to Blessing Muzarabani, full on the fourth stump, Muzarabani swings and misses, whiskers past the off-stump to the keeper.
Blessing Muzarabani, RHB, is the last man out in the middle
An inch-perfect yorker at the base of the stumps at searing velocity. Jeez it doesn't get any tougher for a batter and surely, that should be the game now! What a spell Joseph has sent down today!
17.1 Alzarri Joseph to Luke Jongwe, OUT! CLEANED HIM UP! Just too good from Joseph, it had to him to remove Jongwe. Another searing yorker, right up ion the blockhole, Jongwe backs away and looks to jam it out but misses, rattles the base of the stumps.
Luke Jongwe b Alzarri Joseph 29 (22b 3x4 1x6)