T20 World Cup: Nicholas Pooran crushes West Indies to dominant win over Afghanistan to end group stage | cricket news

Nicholas Pooran scored 98 runs off 53 balls as West Indies won 218-5 and beat Afghanistan by 104 runs on Monday in the final group stage match of the T20 World Cup.

Both teams had already qualified for the Super Eight stage, but the West Indies finished unbeaten and topped Group C.

Obed McCoy won 3-14 as Afghanistan were bowled out for 114 in 16.2 overs and West Indies sent a message to future rivals at the play-off stage. The West Indies will play their first Super Eight match against hosts the United States on Wednesday.

Pooran’s score was the highest individual total of the tournament and took him past 2000 runs in T20 internationals.

He hit eight sixes and six fours in an explosive innings that propelled the West Indies to the highest team total of the tournament.

“There were a lot of big moments and at the end of the day what matters is the team’s success,” Pooran said. “I felt like it was my day and I had to take responsibility. When it’s your day, you have to make it your day.”

Pooran took advantage of the perfect batting conditions at the Daren Sammy Stadium, bowling shots to all parts of the pitch and taking 62 runs from boundary-crossing or boundary-clearing hits.

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Nicholas Pooran failed to make an incredible century after a direct hit dismissed him for 98 runs for West Indies.

Afghanistan had played their previous matches on difficult, twisty pitches where seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi and his spinners had dominated. They defeated Uganda by 58, New Zealand by 75 and Papua New Guinea by 95.

West Indies surpassed the highest total in less than seven overs on Monday. The fourth over, bowled by Azmatullah Omarzai, went for 36 runs, equaling the T20I record for highest total from an over.

After five overs, West Indies were 85-1 and 92-1 at the end of the six-over powerplay, the highest total in a powerplay in T20 World Cup history.

Pooran scored sixes off the second and third balls of the 20th over to reach 97, but just when a century seemed inevitable, he ran out as he returned for a second run off the fourth ball, beaten by a direct hit at the striker’s end.

Farooqi, who is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, finished with 0-38, captain Rashid Khan 0-45 and Omarzai 1-41. Gulbadin’s 2-14 in two overs stood out as a bright light amidst the sadness of the Afghanistan players.

There was no respite for Afghanistan when they batted. Rahmanullah Gurbaz got out on the third ball of the innings during a maiden bowled by Akeal Hossein. After the powerplay, Afghanistan were 45-1 and after 10 overs they were reduced to 66-5 as McCoy dismantled the top order.

“The way they batted, scoring around 90 runs in the powerplay, it is difficult to recover from that,” Rashid said. “It’s good that this defeat happened at this stage, not in a game of life and death.”

What’s next in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup?

The Super 8 leg of the Men’s T20 World Cup begins on Wednesday when the USA face South Africa in ancient, live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 3:30 p.m. (first dance at 3:30 p.m.).

England The first Super 8 match takes place against the co-hosts, the West Indies later that same day in Saint Lucia, live on Sky Sports Cricket to 1 a.m. (first dance at 1:30 a.m.) on Thursday morning.

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Nasser Hussain believes England have everything to qualify for the T20 World Cup semi-finals

England are in Group 2 of the second phase of the tournament, which will involve eight teams, along with the West Indies, the United States and South Africa.

Group 1 includes Afghanistan and India, as well as Australia and Bangladesh, who face each other on Thursday.

The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals.

Watch every T20 World Cup match, including the final in Barbados on Saturday, June 29, live on Sky Sports.

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