All-rounder Powell loving power-hitting role
KARUNEGALA, Sri Lanka (CMC):
Excited all-rounder Rovman Powell says he is relishing his cameo roles in the West Indies A side after producing another high-class performance to help the Caribbean side beat Sri Lanka A on Thursday.
The 23-year-old lashed a whirlwind half-century and grabbed three wickets to help propel Windies A to a rousing 109-run victory and an assailable 2-0 lead in the three-match unofficial One-Day International Series here.
"The key to [victory] was the opening stand we got from Chadwick (Walton) and Kyle (Hope). I think they played well," Powell said.
"They allowed me to come in in the lower half and express myself because of the platform that was laid.
"And in regards to the bowling, the pitch was a batting-friendly wicket, so it was very important for me to get the ball in the right areas from the outset, and I think I did just that today."
Entering the contest with West Indies A on 228 for three, Powell blasted two fours and six sixes in making a stunning 52 off 22 deliveries.
Hope stroked 107, and opener partner Walton, 70, while Assad Fudadin chipped in with a steady 57.
The half-century was the second successive one for Powell, who made 55 off 35 balls in Tuesday's first game as the Windies stormed to an impressive 165-run victory.
"It's a role that helps me to express myself a little more, but today was good," the Jamaican said.
"I just came out and expressed myself, and that is something young players always want to do, and I think the opportunity presented itself today, and I took it with both hands."
Powell shot to prominence this year in a practice match involving West Indies in Barbados before also making a huge impression for Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.