T20 World Cup 2022: Rovman Powell's mammoth 104m six leaves Akeal Hosein speechless
West Indies posted a par total of 153 runs after a late riposte from Powell and Hosein.
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West Indies squared off against Zimbabwe in a must-win game in the Group Stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. The Caribbean side batted first in the match and posted a competitive total of 153 runs thanks to Rovman Powell's late blitz, who smoked a gigantic 104m six in the final over of the innings, leaving his non-striker Akeal Hossein in awe of the shot.
Nicholas Pooran's side were ahead in the game during the batting innings, only for a middle-order collapse to halt their charge. But Rovman Powell and Akeal Hosein's 49-run stand helped their side recover to some extent. During that combative partnership, Powell, who is renowned for his brute strength, flexed his muscle to dispatch Blessing Muzarabani for a 104m six in the final over.
Powell's disdainful pull left his strike partner Akeal Hosein gobsmacked as he had his hands on his head in admiration of the towering six while Powell stood there emotionless. Although the hard-hitting batter perished on the very next delivery in an attempt to bludgeon the ball, he had seemingly done his job with a 21-ball 28.
West Indies falter after a strong start by Johnson Charles
The Windies, led by Nicholas Pooran, came into the game on the back of an embarrassing loss against Scotland in the campaign opener. Pooran decided to bat first in the contest and were threatening to post a daunting total after 90/2 around the 12-over mark. But Zimbabwe bowlers, Sikandar Raza in particular, applied the brakes in the middle overs.
Rovman Powell and Akeal Hossein's 49-run partnership at the fag end of the innings rescued the Windies innings, who were teetering at 101/6 after the completion of the 14th over. Earlier, Johnson Charles set up a strong platform for the middle-order batters with his 45 off 36 deliveries. But Pooran and Co. once again failed to live up to the expectations in the middle overs, failing to capitalize on the solid platform.