Alzarri Joseph starred as West Indies boosted their chances of advancing in the Men’s T20 World Cup with a 31-run win over Zimbabwe.

Fast bowler Joseph took 4-16 to help dismiss Zimbabwe for 122 with 10 balls remaining in Hobart, with Jason Holder taking three wickets.

The Windies had earlier reached 153-7 after a mid-innings collapse saw them lose four wickets for 11 runs, Johnson Charles topscoring with 45.

The result means all four teams in Group B have two points after Ireland beat Scotland earlier on Wednesday.

Friday’s deciding final round of matches sees Ireland face West Indies, before Scotland take on Zimbabwe. The top two sides from each group will qualify for the Super 12s, which start on Saturday.

With rain forecast for Hobart on Friday, if both matches are washed out then Scotland and Zimbabwe will progress. Scotland top the table courtesy of their superior net run rate ahead of Zimbabwe, with West Indies third and Ireland fourth.

After the game, Joseph said the West Indies were focused on winning, to stay in contention for a place in the World Cup proper.

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