CRICKET-SUPER50-LEAD Powell hundred denies Canada upset.

 
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Rovman Powell struck an exhilarating hundred to help Jamaica Scorpions overcome a stiff challenge from minnows Canada and register their second win of the Super50 Cup here Saturday night.

Chasing a very competitive 244 at Warner Park, Scorpions rebounded from a nightmare start when the innings lay in strife at one run for two wickets in the second over, to overhaul their target in the 44th over and complete a four-wicket victory.

Powell was at the forefront of the effort, finishing unbeaten on exactly 100 off 67 balls, an innings that transformed the complexion of the game.

The West Indies right-hander belted four fours and eight sixes after arriving at the crease in the 25th over with Scorpions still up against it at 96 for four. He received valuable support from Nkrumah Bonner who made 49 from 62 balls and in-form opener Assad Fudadin who made 37.

Nitish Kumar had earlier continued his excellent form with a top score of 65 from 62 balls, a knock that laid the foundation for Canada's 243 for six off their 50 overs, after the North Americans opted to bat first.

Kanwarpal Tathgur chipped in with 39 while opener Jeet Metha got 33 and Shreyas Movva, a breezy 26 down the order.

Hoping to kickstart their Group A campaign, Scorpions were put under pressure by Kumar who entered at the fall of the first wicket to inspire three key stands to put the Canada innings in good stead.

First, he put on 60 for the second wicket with Metha before adding a further 42 for the third wicket with Harsh Thaker (18) and 34 for the fourth wicket with Tathgur.

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