Regis Chakabva: “I thought that our bowlers stuck to their plan and the process that we came in with, just trying to hit our areas, especially the spinners. The bowlers did pretty well to pull it back. We would have been happy from 72 to restrict them to 150 as we did. We went in with the confidence that we’d get there. We lost one too many wickets in the first 10 overs. Credit to West Indies and Alzarri Joseph. He opened up the gates for them and bowled brilliantly. I thought the pitch played very well throughout and didn’t think conditions changed at all. The boys are still pretty confident. We’re disappointed how short we ended up being after such a good start but we’ll look to bounce back on Friday.”
Nicholas Pooran: “We spoke yesterday and had to be responsible as a batting group. Enough is enough. We have been failing in the middle overs. We tried to be a bit conservative in the middle overs. But in tournaments like these, guys tried to be conservative trying to build partnerships but then got caught and bowled. At times like this, we need to create our own luck, Akeal and Rovman putting on that partnership at the end. Obviously the energy with the ball after those first two overs, credit to them for making our own luck. We spoke about the process and trusting our process with Kyle Mayers bowling the new ball because he’s the only one swinging the new ball. It hasn’t come off yet but we’ll keep supporting him.
We’re coming together nicely as a bowling group. We’re still searching for wickets in the Powerplay. Jason put his hand up as our most experienced bowler here so it’s nice to see him performing the way he is. Alzarri Joseph, it’s not just now but since the beginning of the year, he’s been our best bowler in T20 cricket. Bowling 140+, getting wickets for us, and bringing that energy, it’s an exciting time for West Indies cricket. When we lose games, people are going to bash us. If we fall, we need to pick ourselves back up. We need to create that winning culture and winning atmosphere. I’m working really hard day in and day out. Everything happens for a reason. We came out on the winning side today.”
Alzarri Joseph is named Player of the Match for his 4 for 16: “It’s very encouraging, but we all know the job is not done. We still have one more game to play. We need to get that win to get to the next round. For me it’s all about pulling it back for the team. Try to get an early wicket. If not, just keep it tight. It all depends on the batter and keeping a close eye on them at the crease. It’s a good wicket for cricket.”
West Indies vs Zimbabwe Highlights today. 8th Match, First Round Group B (N), Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Wednesday 19-10-2022, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Toss: West Indies chose to bat.
“Must-win game for us. We’ll put runs on the board and put pressure on them,” Nicholas Pooran says. “The first game is out the window now. It’s in the trash. The batsmen need to step up. We need to show up.” One forced change: Johnson Charles replaces Brandon King.
“It looks like a good wicket,” Chakabva says. “We don’t mind bowling first. Craig is unfortunately not feeling too well. We wish him well.” Tony Munyonga replaces Ervine, and that’s Zimbabwe’s only change.
West Indies team: 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Evin Lewis, 4 Shamarh Brooks, 5 Nicholas Pooran (capt/wk), 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Akeal Hosein, 9 Odean Smith, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Obed McCoy
Zimbabwe team: 1 Regis Chakabva (capt/wk), 2 Wesley Madhevere, 3 Sean Williams, 4 Sikandar Raza, 5 Milton Shumba, 6 Tony Munyonga, 7 Ryan Burl, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Tendai Chatara, 10 Richard Ngarava, 11 Blessing Muzarabani
Head to Head In T20I’s: 3
West Indies Won: 2
Zimbabwe Won: 1
West Indies T20I Rankings: 9th
Zimbabwe T20I Rankings: 13th
(last five completed Tests, most recent first)
West Indies LLLWL
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 7:00 PM Local
Umpires – Aleem Dar, Paul Wilson
TV Umpire – Kumar Dharmasena
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Chris Brown
Match number – T20I no. 1833