Two West Indies batsmen hit centuries in WC Qualifier
West Indies beat Nepal by 101 runs in qualifier
New Delhi. India has to tour West Indies next month. A series of 5 T20 and 3 ODIs is to be played between the two countries. Even before this series, danger bells have rung for Team India and two West Indies batsmen are about to do so, who have scored blistering centuries against Nepal in the World Cup qualifiers being played in Zimbabwe. Due to the centuries of both the batsmen, West Indies scored 339 runs. In response, Nepal was bowled out for 238 and won the match by 101 runs.
Captain Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran are the batsmen who have scored centuries for the West Indies. Nepal had dropped 3 wickets of West Indies for 55 runs only. After this, Hope and Puran not only rescued the West Indies from the crisis, but also laid the foundation for the team’s victory by sharing a 216-run partnership. Hope scored 132 runs in 129 balls with the help of 10 fours and 3 sixes. On the other hand, Puran scored 115 runs in 94 balls with the help of 4 sixes and 10 fours. This is the second century of Puran’s ODI career. And Hope’s 15th century in ODIs.
alarm bell for india
India has to play 3 ODIs and five T20s from West Indies next month. Even before this tour, two important West Indies batsmen have returned to form. Both these batsmen will be important in the series against India as well. Anyway, Hope’s record against India is good. He has scored runs at an average of 50 in ODIs so far. Against India, Hope has scored 877 runs in 23 ODIs at an average of 46. Hope has scored 3 centuries out of 15 in his ODI career only against India. Out of these three occasions, he did not get out after scoring a century. Hope had scored the last century against India in July 2022. When Team India went on West Indies tour.
Pooran also has a strong record against India
At the same time, the bat of Nicholas Pooran also speaks strongly against India. He has scored 1791 runs in 56 ODIs at an average of 38. But, against India, Puran has scored 495 runs in 13 matches at an average of 45. Pooran batted well even on India’s last West Indies tour and scored a half-century in one match. In such a situation, both these batsmen can increase India’s trouble.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 23, 2023, 06:26 IST