No com­pla­cency

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

HARARE, Zim­babwe (CMC): MPRESSIVE ROOKIE all­rounder Rov­man Pow­ell has urged West Indies not to re­lax on the heels of their con­vinc­ing vic­tory over Sri Lanka in the open­ing game of the TriNa­tions Se­ries yes­ter­day.

The 23-year-old all-rounder played a star­ring role on de­but as the Windies trounced the Sri Lankans by 62 runs at the Harare Sports Club, to make a win­ning start to the tour­na­ment which also in­cludes hosts Zim­babwe.

“I think it was a fan­tas­tic team ef­fort to see a young team gel and beat a strong Sri Lanka team,” said Pow­ell.

“It’s been a while we haven’t beaten Sri Lanka in com­pet­i­tive cricket, but what we need to do now is not get com­pla­cent. We have a next game in three days time, so we need to go back to the draw­ing board and sharpen the ar­eas that need sharp­en­ing.”

Pow­ell pro­duced a mas­ter class in power hit­ting, smash­ing a 29-ball 44 with two fours and three sixes, to power West Indies to 227 all out off 49.2 overs af­ter be­ing sent in.

ICARTER’S HALF-CEN­TURY

Fel­low debu­tant Shai Hope got 47, while left-han­der Jonathan Carter cel­e­brated his 29th birth­day with a mea­sured top score of 54.

Pow­ell, who im­pressed on the re­cent West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka, said he was pleased with the way he had gone about his in­nings.

“I think it was smart cricket. You have to mix your ag­gres­sion with a lit­tle bit of fi­nesse, and I think I did that well today. Af­ter I got a boundary, I tried to come off West Indies bats­man Evin Lewis plays a shot dur­ing the One Day cricket match against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club in Harare, yes­ter­day. West Indies won by 62 runs.

the strike, I tried to get a sin­gle or a dou­ble just to calm back down and start to re-as­sess again.”

Pow­ell’s rise to the se­nior ranks has been me­te­oric. He has played just one first class game, but caught the eye dur­ing a prac­tice game for West Indies last year and fol­lowed that up with a im­pres­sive out­ings in the Caribbean Premier League for cham­pi­ons Ja­maica Tallawahs.

Yes­ter­day, he showed no signs of ner­vous­ness as he plun­dered

the Sri Lankan bowl­ing, and said he al­ways trusted his abil­ity at the crease re­gard­less of the sit­u­a­tion.

“I try to back my prepa­ra­tion and try to be­lieve in my work and and I’ve worked ex­tremely hard so I try to stick by that,” he pointed out.

“In do­ing that, I en­sure I get the start and af­ter I get the start, I know that I can make up in the end so no mat­ter what it takes to get the start, as long as I get it I know I will catch up in the end.”

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