West Indies ease to 52-run victory over Ireland

Paola Ditto
Marzo 12, 2018

Tournament hosts Zimbabwe, like the Windies and Scotland before them, are safely through to next stage after a convincing 89-run over Hong Kong.

Captain Jason Holder's unbeaten 99 carried West Indies to a comfortable six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea at the World Cup Qualifier on Thursday.

After losing the toss and being put in to bat, the Windies slipped to 83-5 as veteran seamer Tim Murtagh took the crucial early wickets of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.

Netherlands - They need to beat Windies convincingly and hope for Ireland to trash Untied Arab Emirates, if they are to make it to the Super Six. However, Roach considered for the set pair in the 37th over which fast-tracked Ireland's defeat as they were bowled out for 205. West Indies middle-order batsmen Rovman Powell contributed 101 runs and registered win for his team.

It was Powell and captain Jason Holder who took ahead West Indies to a third straight win which confirmed their spot in the Super Sixes.

Not for the first time, off-spinner Sikandar Raza was perhaps the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers, his three wickets costing just 30 from his 10 overs as Hong Kong's run rate never looked like reaching the level necessary to mount a realistic challenge.

The other game saw the Netherlands beat Papua New Guinea by 57 runs, but the Dutch need to beat the Windies and hope Ireland lose to the UAE to have any chance of going through.

Star names Mohammad Nabi (4-33) and Rashid Khan (3-45) did the damage as Afghanistan skittled Nepal for 194, batting first, before Najibullah Zadran (52no) blasted four fours and three sixes as they knocked off the runs.

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