T20 World Cup: Fiery Joseph keeps West Indies in contention for Super 12 stage | Cricket News


Alzarri Joseph led West Indies’ inspired fast bowling display with a four-wicket haul to help them thrash Zimbabwe by 31 runs in the T20 World Cup Wednesday in Hobart and keep the two-time former champions in the hunt to qualify for the Super 12 stage.
Joseph bowled with pace and precision to damage Zimbabwe early on and then returned in his second game to quell the remaining fightback from Africa’s side to take career-best figures of 4-16 in T20 Internationals.
All-rounder Jason Holder provided able support by picking up 3-12 as West Indies bundled out Zimbabwe for 122 after winning the toss and batting first on 153-7.
Opener Johnson Charles top-scored for the West Indies with 45 as the Caribbean side also found it difficult to bat with Zimbabwe Sikandar Raza causing them problems with its off-spin and other variations to fetch 3-19.
In the day’s first outing, Ireland’s Curtis Campher and George Dockrell combined for an unbroken 119-run stand to take their side to an unlikely six-wicket victory over Scotland to leave all four teams in Group B with a win each after two games late.
On Friday, West Indies will face Ireland while Scotland take on Zimbabwe and the winners of those matches will advance to the Super 12 stage of the tournament.
The Irish looked set for a second straight defeat in Group B when they were reduced to 61-4 in the 10th over, chasing a daunting 177-run target to stay alive in the tournament before Campher and Dockrell gathered.
Campher, who also took two wickets for nine runs with the ball, smashed an unbeaten 72 off 32 balls while Dockrell made 39 not out as Ireland turned the game on its head to seal victory with a over over.
A scintillating 86 from opener Michael Jones helped Scotland post 176-5 after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
After humiliating two-time champions West Indies in their opener, Scotland made a shaky start against the Irish, but a 77-run third wicket stand between Jones and captain Richie Berrington helped them lay the foundations .
Jones hit six fours and four sixes in his 55-ball knock, while Berrington made 37 to lay the foundation for the late onslaught that gave the Scots 54 runs in the last five overs.


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