No complacency – Powell – Youngster impresses as WI overpower Sri Lanka

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC): Impressive rookie all-rounder Rovman Powell has urged West Indies not to relax on the heels of their convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the Tri-Nations Series yesterday. The 23-year-old all-rounder played a starring role on debut as the Windies trounced the Sri Lankans by 62 runs at the Harare Sports Club, to make a winning start to the tournament which also includes hosts Zimbabwe. “I think it was a fantastic team effort to see a young team gel and beat a strong Sri Lanka team,” said Powell. “It’s been a while we haven’t beaten Sri Lanka in competitive cricket, but what we need to do now is not get complacent. We have a next game in three days time, so we need to go back to the drawing board and sharpen the areas that need sharpening.” Powell produced a master class in power hitting, smashing a 29-ball 44 with two fours and three sixes, to power West Indies to 227 all out off 49.2 overs after being sent in. WEST INDIES J Charles c Perera b Lakmal 2 K Brathwaite run out 14 E Lewis c wkp Dickwella b Pathirana 27 +S Hope b Gunaratne 47 J Carter c de Silva b Kulasekara 54 R Powell c wkp Dickwella b Pradeep 44 C Brathwaite c Lakmal b Pradeep 14 *J Holder run out 2 A Nurse not out 5 S Benn lbw b Kulasekara 7 S Gabriel lbw b Lakmal 0 Extras (lb6, w5) 11 TOTAL (all out; 49.2 overs) 227 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Charles, 3.1 overs), 2-27 (K Brathwaite, 9.5), 3-76 (Lewis, 23.1), 4-129 (Hope, 35), 5-172 (Carter, 41.5), 6-209 (Powell, 45), 7-214 (CR Brathwaite, 46.1), 8-215 (Holder, 46.3), 9-226 (Benn, 48.5), 10-227 (Gabriel, 49.2) Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-37-2 (w3), Lakmal 9.2-1-45-2, Pradeep 10-1-55-2 (w2), Jayasuriya 4-0-19-0, Pathirana 6-0-25-1, Gunaratne 10-1-40-1. SRI LANKA D de Silva c wkp Hope b Holder 3 K Perera run out 4 +N Dickwella c Benn b Gabriel 28 B Mendis c Nurse b Holder 4 *U Tharanga c & b Nurse 12 A Gunaratne lbw b Nurse 18 S Jayasuriya c Powell b C Brathwaite 31 S Pathirana c Lewis b Nurse 45 N Kulasekara c Lewis b Gabriel 16 S Lakmal b Gabriel 0 N Pradeep not out 0 Extras (w4) 4 TOTAL (all out; 43.1 overs) 165 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (de Silva, 3.2 overs), 2-8 (Perera, 4.3), 3-16 (Mendis, 6), 4-51 (Dickwella, 15.3), 5-64 (Tharanga, 21.5), 6-79 (Gunaratne, 25.3), 7-139 (Pathirana, 38), 8-151 (Jayasuriya, 41), 9-160 (Lakmal, 41.5), 10-165 (Kulasekara, 43.1) Bowling: Gabriel 8.1-0-31-3 (w2), Holder 8-0-16-2 (w1), C Brathwaite 9-0-34-1 (w1), Carter 1-0-4-0, Nurse 10-1-46-3, Benn 7-1-34-0. Result: West Indies won by 62 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder. SCOREBOARD CARTER’S HALF-CENTURY Fellow debutant Shai Hope got 47, while left-hander Jonathan Carter celebrated his 29th birthday with a measured top score of 54. Powell, who impressed on the recent West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka, said he was pleased with the way he had gone about his innings. “I think it was smart cricket. You have to mix your aggression with a little bit of finesse, and I think I did that well today. After I got a boundary, I tried to come off the strike, I tried to get a single or a double just to calm back down and start to re-assess again.” Powell’s rise to the senior ranks has been meteoric. He has played just one first class game, but caught the eye during a practice game for West Indies last year and followed that up with a impressive outings in the Caribbean Premier League for champions Jamaica Tallawahs. Yesterday, he showed no signs of nervousness as he plundered the Sri Lankan bowling, and said he always trusted his ability at the crease regardless of the situation. “I try to back my preparation and try to believe in my work and and I’ve worked extremely hard so I try to stick by that,” he pointed out. “In doing that, I ensure I get the start and after I get the start, I know that I can make up in the end so no matter what it takes to get the start, as long as I get it I know I will catch up in the end.”last_img read more

Japan into World Cup as China, Syria stay alive

first_img0Shares0000Japanese fans cheer on their team prior to the group B World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Japan and Australia in Saitama on August 31, 2017 © AFP / Toru YAMANAKASAITAMA, Japan, Aug 31 – Japan beat Australia Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup but South Korea missed a golden opportunity to join them in Russia when they could only draw against 10-man Iran.The goalless draw in Seoul means South Korea’s hopes of qualifying from Group A for their ninth successive finals were left hanging in the balance when a win would have booked their ticket to Russia. Meanwhile, Syria’s 3-1 victory over Qatar in Malaysia gave a massive boost to the war-torn nation’s dreams of qualifying from Group A as they moved into third place on goal difference.And China’s shock 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in Thursday’s other Group A match kept their own slim hopes alive.Now a defeat for the Koreans in their final match in Tashkent on Tuesday could see them fail to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1982 should Syria beat Iran in Tehran on the same night.And in a wide-open battle for Asian qualification, China could still take third place and a playoff spot if they beat Qatar in Doha on Tuesday and other results go their way.– ‘This is for the fans’-There were no problems for Japan in Saitama, however, as Takuma Asano, in the first half, and a brilliant Yosuke Ideguchi strike eight minutes from time were enough to see off Australia 2-0.Japan’s midfielder Makoto Hasebe (C) fights for the ball with Australia’s forward Mathew Leckie (2nd-R) during the group B World Cup 2018 qualifying football match August 31, 2017 © AFP / Toru YAMANAKAThe result dealt a major blow to Australia’s chances of being one of the two automatic qualifiers from Group B after their first defeat in the final round of Asian qualifiers.The Socceroos will get a second bite at the cherry at home to Thailand on Tuesday when they will need to better Saudi Arabia’s result against Japan in Jeddah on the same night in order to guarantee second place in the group.“This is for the wonderful fans and for the people of Japan,” cried Japan’s under-fire coach Vahid Halilhodzic, whose team have an unassailable 20 points from nine games in Group B.Ideguchi, meanwhile, appeared lost for words after a wonder strike that looks like sparing Halilhodzic the sack — at least for now.“Luckily it hit the target,” he said. “I’m just glad it helped us get the win.”– Reckless red card –In Seoul, South Korea could not breach Iran’s defence despite being urged on by more than 63,000 screaming fans and the visitors being reduced to 10 men seven minutes into the second half.Saeid Ezatolahi was shown a straight red card after he recklessly stamped on the head of Kim Min-Jae following an aerial clash between the pair.“We tried to turn the tide with substitutions and score a goal, but we couldn’t do it,” lamented South Korean coach Shin Tae-Yong, who vowed to go all out for a win in Tashkent on Tuesday.“We play for victories, and we will do the same for the match against Uzbekistan,” Shin said.One goal would have been enough for South Korea because in Wuhan, Group A rivals Uzbekistan were suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to China, who kept their own slim World Cup hopes just about alive in a dramatic finale.South Korea’s Kwon Chang-Hoon (R) fights for the ball with Iran’s Ali Karimi (L) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying football match in Seoul on August 31, 2017 © AFP / JUNG Yeon-JeGao Lin was the hero for China with a late penalty six minutes from time to seal a nervy 1-0 win.Marcello Lippi’s men now head to Qatar on Tuesday seeking the win that, coupled with other results going their way, could yet see China reach a playoff.In Melaka, Malaysia, Omar Kharbin struck twice for Syria who resurrected their unlikely dream of reaching the World Cup finals.The 3-1 win over Qatar propelled Syria to third position in Group A and a potential playoff spot as they took advantage of Uzbekistan’s slip-up.The result ended Qatar’s fleeting hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018 and means the tiny Middle East nation will host the 2022 edition without ever having managed to qualify for the World Cup finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more