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T20 World Cup: Pooran turns on the power as West Indies pummel Afghanistan

Courtesy: Dawn News/Reuters/AFP

West Indies left-hander Nicholas Pooran combined elegance with power to score 98 with eight sixes on Monday and propel his team to a 104-run win over Afghanistan in the final first-round match of the Twenty20 World Cup at Gros Islet in St Lucia.

Pooran was run out by a direct hit on the stumps by Azmatullah Omarzai attempting a second run in the final over as West Indies amassed 218 for five, the highest score of the competition.

In reply, Afghanistan reached 114 from 16.2 overs although the result was academic as both teams had already qualified for the Super Eight round which starts on Wednesday.

West Indies went instantly on to the attack after being asked to bat first on an excellent pitch in front of an exuberant crowd.

McCoy, playing his first game of the tournament, varying his length and pace from a relaxed action to take three for 14.

Pooran, in his other role as wicketkeeper, took a spectacular leaping catch before the innings finished.

“I had to take responsibility,” said Pooran after smashing the highest individual score at this year’s tournament.

“In West Indies people want four and sixes. You can’t do that every time but when conditions allow you should capitalise.”

1- Header image: Nicholas Pooran acknowledges the crowd after his blistering 98. — AFP

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