West Indies saved from being eliminated in T20 World Cup, Super-12 hopes alive by defeating Zimbabwe

Hobart: West Indies kept their hopes alive of reaching the Super-12 of the ICC T20 World Cup after beating Zimbabwe by 31 runs here on Wednesday. It was a do-or-die match for the Nicholas Pooran-led West Indies team after losing to Scotland in the first match. Batting first after winning the toss, he scored 153 runs for seven wickets.

This score proved to be big for Zimbabwe and West Indies bundled out their entire team for 122 runs in 18.2 overs. West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph took four wickets for 16 runs in four overs. Experienced Jason Holder also took three wickets for 12 runs in 3.2 overs.

In batting, opener Johnson Charles scored 45 runs in 36 balls for West Indies. Rovman Powell (28) and Akil Hossain (23 not out) also made useful contributions. Sikandar Raza was the most successful bowler for Zimbabwe. He took three wickets for 19 runs in four overs.

Zimbabwe started chasing the target and scored 55 runs in the first six overs of the power play. After that, however, he lost wickets at regular intervals. After the victory of West Indies, all the four teams in Group B have two points each.

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