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Windies Send Wickets Flying To Win Second Match In 2024 T20 World Cup

The West Indies was in command performance against Uganda in their second match of the 2024 T20 World Cup, as they crushed their opponents by 134 runs.

Akeal Hosein played the starring role with career-best figures of 5 for 11 to dismantle the Ugandan’s effort.

West Indies, after setting a challenging total of 173-5, saw significant contributions from their top order. Johnson Charles led the charge with a solid 44, while Andre Russell’s brisk 30 off 17 balls, alongside essential innings from Rovman Powell (23), Nicholas Pooran (22), and Sherfane Rutherford (22), set a challenging target for Uganda.

The Ugandan side, however, crumbled under the pressure of the West Indies’ bowling onslaught, collapsing to a paltry 39 all out.

Only Juma Miyagi managed to reach double figures, remaining unbeaten on 13. Hosein’s exceptional spell was well-supported by Alzarri Joseph (2-6) and a wicket each from Russell, Gudakesh Motie, and Romario Shepherd.

Hosein in his post-match interview attributed his success to his dedication and strategic planning. “I think I needed this. In the nets and in the previous series, I felt the ball was coming out good, but I was just not getting the rewards,” Hosein explained.

“It is a lot of hard work. When you get success, guys are going to study you and have a plan. You always have to stay a step ahead. For me, it is just about trying to react to what the surface is doing and planning it out. Even if the ball is going both ways, you cannot do much if you don’t plan. So, it is about planning the over well. I am happy to bowl wherever the team needs me.”

Meanwhile, West Indies captain Rovman Powell praised his team’s significantly improved performance compared to their nervy five-wicket victory against Papua New Guinea in the opening match on June 2.

“We talk about improving 10-15 per cent every match. Last game, we were flat, so we just wanted to improve as a team,” Powell remarked. “When you are playing at home, the pressure can sometimes get to you. So, a little bit of rust in the first match. We started off at 60 per cent, now up to 70-80 per cent and from here, it gets tougher.”

Powell was particularly effusive in his praise for Hosein, emphasizing his consistent excellence. “He has been fantastic, that is why he is the number-three ranked bowler in the world. He has done it against Full-Member nations as well, and we expect him to do it against teams that are just coming into international cricket.”

Looking ahead, Powell highlighted the challenges that lie in wait but expressed confidence in his team’s preparedness. “It is just for us to continue to play good cricket. We have played good cricket for the last 12 months or so. It gets tougher from here but we understand conditions and cricket is not easy in the Caribbean.”

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