Nicholas Pooran’s Power Hitting Leads to Record-Breaking Over in T20 World Cup Clash

Nicholas Pooran-Azmatullah Omarzai

New Delhi: In a stunning display of cricket during the T20 World Cup 2024, Nicholas Pooran of the West Indies unleashed a torrent of runs against Afghanistan, contributing to a historic 36-run over. This deluge of runs, which included 2 sixes and 2 fours from Pooran’s bat, was further amplified by Afghanistan’s Azmatullah Omarzai’s costly extras, totaling 10 runs with a wide and a no-ball.

This over marks the fifth instance in T20 International history where a team has scored 36 runs in a single over. The record was first set by India’s Yuvraj Singh in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, where he famously hit six sixes off England’s Stuart Broad. Since then, West Indies’ Kieron Pollard, Nepal’s Dipendra Singh, and India’s Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh have each had their moments of glory.

In this particular match, Omarzai’s expensive over propelled West Indies to a powerplay score of 92 the highest in this year’s World Cup. The Caribbean team capitalized on this momentum to post a formidable total of 218 for 5 wickets. Pooran nearly reached a century but fell short by just 2 runs, scoring an impressive 98.

Nicholas Pooran-Azmatullah Omarzai

Afghanistan, facing an uphill battle, was dismissed for 114 runs, handing the host West Indies a decisive 104-run victory. This match not only showcased individual brilliance but also highlighted the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket.