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West Indies captain Rovman Powell saves 5-year-old ball-boy from catastrophic injury, hurts himself in process

West Indies captain Rovman Powell crashed into the LED advertisement boards while trying to save a 5-year-old child in the sidelines of the boundary.

By India Today Sports Desk: West Indies captain Rovman Powell got injured while trying to save a 5-year-old ball boy at the edge of the boundary area on Sunday, 26 March. 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 the ball a chase and was inside the dive length to pull the ball back into the field before it touched the boundary.

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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. Man of fairly big build, Powell jumped over the kid 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 sideline and took a decent amount of time to get back into the field.

In general, such young kids are not usually used as ball-boys and the authorities are expected to reconsider their decision for the third match of the series, set to be played at Wanderers on 28 March.

As for the game, West Indies were defeated by 6 wickets and 7 balls remaining despite scoring a massive 258 runs. Quinton de Kock and the Reeza Hendricks combined to put up a tremendous opening partnership of 152 runs in 11 overs, which set South Africa one their way to win the game. De Kock scored a century while Hendricks hit 68 off 28 balls.

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