West Indies’ World Cup campaign has been a journey of ‘ifs and buts’. Their encounter against Sri Lanka featured yet another heroic lone effort from a young batsman, only for his dreams to come crashing down at the last instant, the same way Carlos Brathwaite could not take his team over the line against New Zealand.
This time it was the left-hander Nicholas Pooran, who struck a majestic knock laced with breathtaking boundaries and towering maximums. Still new in his international career, the 23-year-old showcased great maturity as he led a tremendous fightback when the majority of the team was back in the hut.
Smashing 118 off 103 balls with 11 fours and 4 sumptuous sixes, Pooran played a brilliant innings under pressure and almost led his team to a World Cup record chase. However, the youngster played one shot too many as he nicked a full delivery from Angelo Mathews, bowling his first over of the tournament.