New skipper Powell powers West Indies to South Africa victory

CENTURION: New West Indies captain Rovman Powell thrashed 5 sixes as he led his staff to a three-wicket victory over South Africa in a rain-shortened first Twenty20 worldwide at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday.

The match was diminished to 11 overs a facet however produced 263 runs and 15 wickets in a frantic contest.

Powell, who took over from Nicholas Pooran final month, hit 43 not out off 18 balls because the West Indies chased down a South African complete of 131 for eight with three balls to spare.

He mentioned the discount in overs suited a number of of his gamers.

“A variety of the fellows within the staff are used to the T10 format,” he mentioned.

“We all know the ball travels a lot right here, so 130 was gettable.”

Opener Brandon King hit 23 off eight balls and Johnson Charles slammed 28 off 14 deliveries because the West Indies made an explosive begin, scoring 84 for 4 within the first six overs.

David Miller clubbed 48 off 22 balls in South Africa’s innings.

Wickets fell nearly quickly as boundaries have been hit however Miller ensured a aggressive complete, hitting 4 fours and three sixes.

He and burly quick bowler Sisanda Magala smacked 47 off 13 balls for the seventh wicket.

Left-arm quick bowler Sheldon Cottrell took two wickets for seven runs in his first two overs however conceded 24 runs within the tenth over as Miller and Magala went on the rampage.

Magala hit a 4 and two sixes in an unbeaten 18 off 5 balls.

South African captain Aiden Markram mentioned his staff had began badly with each bat and ball.

“To take it to the final over was an excellent effort from the bowlers,” he mentioned.

Anrich Nortje took one for 17 in three overs of high-class quick bowling and Magala took three for 21, together with two wickets within the penultimate over.

However spinners Bjorn Fortuin and Tabraiz Shamsi conceded a mixed 69 runs off 4 overs.

The groups meet on the similar venue on Sunday.