In a dazzling display of explosive batting prowess, Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies’ dynamic cricketer, set the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2023 ablaze with a spectacular century. Representing the Trinbago Knight Riders, Pooran’s heroics unfolded during the 20th match of CPL 2023 against the Barbados Royals, leaving spectators in awe of his remarkable talent.
Having won the toss, the Knight Riders were tasked with batting first, and they did so with immense flair, posting a staggering total of 208/6 on the scoreboard within their allotted 20 overs. The primary architect of this monumental score was none other than Pooran, who single-handedly dismantled the Barbados bowling attack with his explosive strokeplay.
Pooran’s century in this match marked his second triple-digit score in the history of CPL, and the manner in which he achieved this milestone captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide. As the match entered its final over, Pooran was batting at 86, requiring just 14 runs to complete his century.
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Pooran Smashes Century in Grand Style
The pivotal moment arrived during the 20th over, bowled by Kyle Mayers, as Pooran showcased his exceptional batting prowess. With the anticipation building, Pooran took guard and faced his first delivery in the over. In a breathtaking display of power-hitting, he heaved the white leather ball over deep backward square leg for a colossal six, taking his score to 92.
Mayers, feeling the pressure, pitched the next delivery in Pooran’s hitting zone, and the left-handed batter wasted no time in clearing his front leg and sending the ball soaring over long on for yet another maximum.
With just two runs needed to complete his century, Pooran faced a dot ball before the final delivery of the over. The Barbados bowler delivered a low full-toss, and Pooran dispatched it towards deep backward square leg for a boundary, crossing the three-figure mark.
A Celebratory Roar
Upon reaching his century, Pooran let out a triumphant roar, removed his helmet, flung his bat away, and jubilantly punched the air in celebration. He then shared an emotional hug with his batting partner, Sunil Narine, as the crowd erupted in cheers, acknowledging the remarkable feat they had just witnessed.
Here is the video:
Pooran Perfection! The local boy has shown us what he can do once again. Queen’s Park Oval is on fire right now and Pooran 💯 lit the match! #CPL23 #TKRvBR #CricketPlayedLouder #BiggestPartyInSport #Pooran #NicholasPooran pic.twitter.com/CXpmEnSGbL
— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 7, 2023
A Disappointing Chase for Barbados Royals
Chasing the daunting target of 209 runs set by the Trinbago Knight Riders, the Barbados Royals could only muster a total of 166/7 in their allotted 20 overs. While Mayers provided some hope with a blistering 70 off 45 deliveries, the remaining batters failed to make significant contributions. Ultimately, the Barbados Royals succumbed to a 42-run defeat, allowing the Trinbago Knight Riders to bask in the glory of Pooran’s sensational century.
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