Twitter Reactions: Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder help West Indies sail past Zimbabwe to keep Super 12 hopes alive

Both West Indies and Zimbabwe still have chances to make it to the Super 12.

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West Indies and Zimbabwe squared off in the eighth match of the T20 World Cup 2022 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. While Zimbabwe was coming off a win from the previous game, it was a must-win game for the West Indies to keep their Super 12 hopes alive, and they managed to work on their mistakes from the previous game to bounce back stronger and win the game by 31 runs.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. The pitch conditions were good and it looked like the Caribbean side would manage to put up a big score. Kyle Mayers and Johnson Charles opened the innings for West Indies, but just when they started settling in, Blessing Muzarabani got Zimbabwe the first breakthrough by dismissing Mayers in the fourth over.

Evin Lewis and Charles tried building up a partnership, and just when they were about to complete a 50-run stand, Sikandar Raza struck to bag his first wicket and dismissed the former. West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran, yet again, failed to make an impact and was dismissed for a poor total. Charles, who had been going strong since the start was run-out after a mix-up with Rovman Powell.

Powell hit some big shots towards the end, and he was joined by Odean Smith after Sikandar Raza stormed through the middle order to scalp two more wickets in the form of Shamarh Brooks and Jason Holder. Thanks to Powell and Smith, West Indies managed to put up a defendable target of 154 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

West Indies pacers go big

Coming to the chase, Zimbabwe started off on a high note when openers Wessley Madhevere and Regis Chakabva got into the business from the word go. The duo collected 18 runs off the very first over and gave their side the dream start. Just when it looked like the two would get things done for Zimbabwe, Alzarri Joseph got the West Indies a much-needed breakthrough and dismissed the opposition skipper.

Tony Munyonga joined Madhevere in the hitting and the two capitalized on the momentum, but the latter’s wicket off Joseph’s delivery brought misery to Zimbabwe’s chase. The middle-order batters were not able to carry the game forward as per the plans and lost their wickets cheaply as Sean Williams, Raza, and Milton Shumba were dismissed for low totals.

Ryan Burl looked promising with his start as he hit three well-placed boundaries to keep the chase on, but a brilliant yorker by Jason Holder led to Burl walking back to the pavilion. While Holder picked up three wickets, Alzarri Joseph’s four-wicket haul helped West Indies dish out Zimbabwe for just 122 runs in the 19th over. With the 31-run win, West Indies kept their Super 12 hopes alive and both West Indies and Zimbabwe will qualify for the Super 12 if they win their next game.