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Cricket news - Pooran's pyrotechnics revive West Indies

Hope (pic) and Lewis put on a 98-run opening stand.

On a track that assisted spinners, Nicholas Pooran composed a sparkling 50-ball 67 to power the West Indies to 247 for 9 in the second ODI against Afghanistan in Lucknow.

The Caribbean side, who were inserted in to bat, started on a good note, with the duo of Evin Lewis and Shai Hope giving their team a brisk start. Naveen-ul-Haq, the medium pacer, struggled to get his line right and was duly punished. The pacer didn't just offer half-volleys but also bowled a string of wides.

At that stage, the spin duo of Mohammad Nabi and Sharafuddin Ashraf pegged West Indies back with some tight overs. However, Hope and Lewis played with a sense of calmness to keep the scorecard ticking with a diet of singles and twos. Hope also drilled Ashraf through covers, while Lewis cracked a gorgeous lofted shot off the same bowler down the ground.

The pair looked set to share a sizeable stand, but against the run of play Hope played back to a googly from Rashid Khan and was trapped in front. Lewis, too, didn't last long as in an attempt to sweep, he shuffled across too much and was castled by Javed Ahmadi.

By then, the track had also started to offer grip to the spinners. The Afghanistan spinners took advantage of it to make further inroads. Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled the googly to Roston Chase, with the all-rounder paying the price by playing back and was castled. Shimron Hetmyer (34) looked in fine touch and showed glimpses of his pyrotechnics with an inside-out lofted shot off Nabi. However, the very next ball he pulled one straight to the fielder at long-on. To make matters worse, Ikram Ali and Mujeeb combined to run out Jason Holder.

With West Indies in a spot of bother at 182 for 6, Nicholas Pooran crunched a flurry of shots. The talented batsman was particularly severe on Naveen by clobbering him through midwicket in the 44th over. He then played perhaps the shot of the innings when he lifted the same bowler into the downtown territories for a six.

Pooran continued to explore different parts of the ground by tonking Afghanistan's spearhead Rashid over wide long-on. He also showed deft touch by steering Rashid to the third man boundary. The southpaw also stitched a partnership of 50 with Romario Shepherd, in which his batting partner's contribution was a mere six runs. He fell in the final over bowled by Naveen, but by then he had piloted West Indies to a useful score.

The track is stopping and gripping a bit and West Indies would be hopeful of sealing the series.

Brief scores: West Indies 247/9 in 50 overs (Nicholas Pooran 67; Naveen-ul-Haq 3-60) vs Afghanistan.

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