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West Indies’ Record-Breaking Innings Overwhelms Afghanistan in T20 World Cup

West Indies’ Record-Breaking Innings Overwhelms Afghanistan in T20 World Cup

In a display of sheer dominance, the West Indies cricket team sent a resounding message to their opponents by cruising past Afghanistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, securing their spot in the next phase with an unbeaten record.

A Historic Powerplay

The West Indies’ batting performance at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground was nothing short of historic. Despite losing Brandon King early, Johnson Charles and Nicholas Pooran unleashed a batting frenzy. Pooran’s explosive 36-run over off Azmatullah Omarzai’s bowling etched itself into the record books, marking only the fifth time in Men’s T20I history that an over yielded 36 runs, and the second time at a Men’s World Cup.

Shattering Records

The West Indies’ Powerplay score of 92/1 set a new record for the highest total in Men’s T20 World Cup history. They surpassed Afghanistan’s previous highest conceded total of 95 against Papua New Guinea before the seventh over concluded.

Charles and Pooran’s Stand

An 80-run partnership between Charles and Pooran in just six overs propelled the West Indies to a commanding position. Charles’ departure after scoring 43 off 27 balls did little to slow down the momentum.

Hope and Pooran Keep the Pace

Shai Hope contributed a quickfire 25 off 17 balls, while Pooran reached his half-century in the 14th over, his first in a T20 World Cup. Although boundaries became scarce for a period, Rovman Powell’s six in the 16th over pushed the score past 150.


Pooran’s Near Century

Pooran reignited his boundary-hitting prowess, especially against Rashid Khan, who conceded 45 runs without taking a wicket. Andre Russell joined Pooran towards the innings’ end, with Pooran narrowly missing out on a century, run out for 98 off 53 balls after a remarkable throw from Omarzai.


Afghanistan’s Uphill Battle

Faced with a daunting total of 218/5 – West Indies’ highest in T20 World Cups – Afghanistan lost Rahmanullah Gurbaz early. Gulbadin Naib and Ibrahim Zadran steadied the ship, but the mountainous target proved too steep to climb.

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