Destructive Pooran Sees West Indies To Victory

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A quick-fire 40 from Nicholas Pooran saw the West Indies defeat Bangladesh in Friday’s ICC T20 World Cup action. In the other game, Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s half-century saw his team defeat Afghanistan.

Bangladesh vs West Indies

Bangladesh would win the toss and elect to field first.

Evin Lewis would be caught by Mushfiqur Rahim off the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman for 6 before Chris Gayle would be bowled by Mahedi Hasan for 4. Shimron Hetmyer would be caught by Soumya Sarkar off the same bowler for 9 before Andre Russell would be run out by Taskin Ahmed without facing a ball.

Nicholas Pooran (pictured below) would be caught by Mohammad Naim off the bowling of Shoriful Islam for 40 off 22 balls before Roston Chase would be bowled by the same bowler for 39. Dwayne Bravo would be the final wicket to fall, caught by Sarker off the bowling of Rahman, for 1 with Kieron Pollard (who had gone off ill during his innings before returning) and Jason Holder finishing on 14 and 15 not out respectively.

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Shakib Al Hasan would be caught by Holder off the bowling of Russell for 9 before Naim would be bowled by Holder for 17. Sarkar would be caught by Gayle off the bowling of Hosein for 17 before Rahim would be bowled by Ravi Rampaul for 8.

Liton Das (pictured below) would be the final man out, caught by Holder off the bowling of Bravo, for 44 with Mahmudullah (31 off 24 balls) and Afif Hossain (2) the not out batsmen as Bangladesh fell just short of their target.

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WI 142/7 (20 overs), BAN 139/5 (20 overs)

Afghanistan vs Pakistan

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Hazratullah Zazai would be caught by Haris Rauf off the bowling of Imad Wasim without scoring before Mohammad Shahzad would be caught by Babar Azam off the bowling of Shaheen Afridi for 8. Asghar Afghan would be caught & bowled by Haris Rauf for 10 before Rahmanullah Gurbaz would be caught by Azam off the bowling of Hasan Ali for the same score.

Karim Janat would be caught by Fakhar Zaman off the bowling of Imad for 15 before Najibullah Zadran would be the final man out, caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan off the bowling of Shabab Khan for 22 – there was an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand of 71 between Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib (pictured below) who both finished 35 not out.

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Rizwan would be caught by Naveen-ul-Haq off the bowling of Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 8 before Zaman would be LBW to Nabi for 30. Hafeez would be caught by Naib off the bowling of Rashid Khan for 10 before opener Azam (pictured below) would be bowled by the same bowler for 51 off 47 balls.

Shoaib Malik would be the final man dismissed, caught behind by Shahzad off the bowling of Naveen for 19 with Asif Ali (25 off 7 balls) and Khan (0) seeing Pakistan home with an over to spare.

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AFG 147/6 (20 overs), PAK 148/5 (19 overs)

Today’s Fixtures (Times are in BST)

11:00 – South Africa vs Sri Lanka
15:00 – Australia vs England

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