Powell centered on sustaining profitable streak in ultimate group match

With the West Indies already securing their spot within the Tremendous Eights, captain Rovman Powell emphasised the significance of sustaining their momentum as they face Afghanistan of their ultimate group stage match Monday.

The unbeaten co-hosts have cruised by way of Group C with victories over Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and New Zealand, at present mendacity second with six factors, simply behind Afghanistan resulting from a decrease internet run fee.

Powell highlighted that this match presents a beneficial alternative for the batsmen to solidify their kind forward of the essential second spherical of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

“All of us as batters have [had] a really, very refined begin to the World Cup, however tomorrow presents a chance right here on the Daren Sammy Stadium for us as batters to get it proper – it’s additionally a greater alternative on a greater wicket,” Powell informed reporters yesterday.

Momentum is a vital phrase for us

“Identical to myself and Johnson Charles, we’re positively wanting ahead to it. We all know that Johnson is unquestionably a match-winner for us, so we’ll see how greatest as potential we go tomorrow.”

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He added, “Momentum is a vital phrase for us. It’s necessary for us to maintain enjoying good cricket and constant cricket. After this sport, the Tremendous Eights could be very, crucial, so that you need gamers going into the Tremendous Eights with good performances. You need to go within the Tremendous Eights as a staff profitable.”

Powell reiterated that regardless of already qualifying for the Tremendous Eights, the staff isn’t taking this match frivolously.

“It’s a chance for us to additionally placed on a show for the St Lucians that can come out tomorrow to observe us play World Cup cricket,” he mentioned.

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Afghanistan has additionally been spectacular within the match, crushing Uganda, gorgeous New Zealand, and making gentle work of Papua New Guinea final Thursday in Trinidad. Rahmanullah Gurbaz is the match’s main batsman with 167 runs, and left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi tops the bowling charts with 12 wickets.

Afghanistan on the high of their sport

With Afghanistan on the high of their sport, Powell acknowledged that the 7:30 p.m. fixture is the proper check for his facet earlier than the second spherical.

“Clearly, it’s a top-of-the-table conflict. Afghanistan have been enjoying good T20 cricket and constant T20 cricket,” mentioned the Jamaican. “They’ve a variety of match winners, so it’s one thing that we’ve got to come back with our greatest sport. [It is] superb observe going into the Tremendous Eight video games.”

The subpar nature of the pitches within the match has been a subject of a lot dialogue, however the Daren Sammy Stadium supplied glorious situations for batsmen on Saturday in Australia’s six-wicket victory over Scotland, which noticed them chase down a goal of 180.

Powell mentioned the West Indies have been wanting ahead to exploiting the nice batting situations.

“After we [looked at] the schedule, all of the batters have been excited to come back to St Lucia,” Powell mentioned. “Historically, St Lucia [has] … been a spot the place batters prefer to bat, however it’s additionally a chance for bowlers to bowl good spells right here, particularly the quick bowlers. We expect that St. Lucia presents 60/40 when it comes to, from a batting perspective, to bowl, and so, in case you are a bowler, or in case you are a batter, you positively can get one thing out of the St Lucia wicket.”

The West Indies have a difficult Tremendous Eight schedule forward, beginning with a match in opposition to England subsequent Wednesday in St Lucia, adopted by a sport in opposition to america in Barbados two days later, and culminating with a conflict in opposition to South Africa in Antigua subsequent Sunday.