Powell saves 5-year-old ball-boy from injury by avoiding boundary collision during second South Africa T20I

By Sports Desk March 28, 2023

West Indies captain Rovman Powell got injured while trying to save a 5-year-old ball boy at the edge of the boundary area during the second T20 International against South Africa on Sunday, March 26.

Powell, while chasing a ball towards the boundary, avoided a potentially catastrophic collision and chose to get hurt himself.

The incident occurred in the third over of the South Africa chase when Quinton de Kock hit the ball towards the long off boundary.

Powell gave chase and was inside the dive length to pull the ball back into the field before it touched the boundary. The West Indies captain, however, saw a five-year-old ball boy trying to get to the edge of line and catch the ball and decided to abort the chase in the last minute.

The West Indies captain then jumped over the boy and the boundary line and crashed into the LED boards, before toppling over.

Visibly shaken from the incident, Powell had to be treated at the side-line and took a decent amount of time to get back into the field.

As for the game, South Africa won by six wickets after pulling off a record chase. The West Indies posted 258-5 off their 20 overs and the South Africans needed only 18.5 overs to reach 259-4.

The third T20I takes place at Wanderers in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

 

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