Home > Innings report >

Nicolas Pooran’s maiden century takes West Indies to 208 against Australia in Under-19 World Cup quarterfinal

Australian pacers picked early wickets but couldn't control Nicolas Pooran  Photo Courtesy: Official Website of the ICC
Australian pacers picked early wickets but couldn’t control Nicolas Pooran Photo Courtesy: Official Website of the ICC

By Abhijit Banare

 

Feb 23, 2014

Nicolas Pooran scored a career-best 143 to power West Indies to 208 against Australia in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai. West Indies were reeling at 70 for eight at one stage but the record ninth-wicket stand with Jerome Jones (26) of 126 runs brought them back into the game.

It was a repeat from the quarterfinals between India and England when the Indians lost early wickets after choosing to bat. It was a similar story with West Indian skipper Ramaal Lewis opting bat after winning the toss. The onus was n the top order to fire in the crunch game with the pitch being ideal for batting first and piling on the runs.

But the big strong Aussie pacers ripped through the top order with Guy Walker bagging two wickets in as many balls. West Indies were down three wickets with just seven runs on board. Before Walker it was Billy Stanlake who started the downfall with a brilliant yorker removing Shimron Hetmyer for one. Walker in his next over followed it up with the wicket of Tagenarine Chanderpaul (4) and Jonathan Drakes (0) in successive balls.

There was a brief resistance with Jeremy Solozani and wicketkeeper-batsman Nicolas Pooran hanging around and playing cautiously. The Windies further sunk as James Bazley removed Solozano for just 10 runs. Pooran was the only one to look settled even though he was beaten on a few occasions. The Australians gave nothing away with their disciplined bowling as the opposition looked to save their wickets.

Pooran was the only one to make a concerted effort with his solid technique adding on runs while he ran out of partners. He got brief support from Bandon King and Jeremy Solozano but that wasn’t enough to bail the Windies out of trouble. King was dismissed by Ben Ashkenazi who was accurate as well. Ashkenazi then followed it up with a screamer pitching the ball full and straight to see captain Ramaal Lewis’s middle stump knocked down.

But Pooran’s fight continued as he stitched a valuable partnership with No 10 batsman Jerome Jones to bring some respectability to the score. He not only attacked the Aussies but also shielded Jones from taking the strike by picking a single on the last ball of almost every over. They brought up the fifty partnership with Jones scoring only two of them.

Pooran targeted left-arm spinner Thomas Andrews hitting him for a six in three consecutive overs. The Australians were frustrated and that also affected their fielding when they missed an easy run-out chance of Jones.

Pooran put the foot on the accelerator towards the end and got the ideal opportunity when Andrews came to bowl the penultimate over. Pooran smashed him for three sixes in the over. The Australians finally managed to dismiss Jones run-out got 26. West Indies will be more than happy to take this total after collapsing early on.

Pooran was eventually dismissed by Walker for 143. His innings included 14 boundaries and six sixes. He eclipsed the previous best against Australia Under-19 set by Unmukt Chand.

Brief scores:

West Indies Under-19 208 in 49.5 overs (Nicolas Pooran 143, Jerome Jones 26;  Guy Walker 3 for 44, Thomas Andrews 2 for 57)  vs Australia Under-19.

Full Scorecard

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Bulawayo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Bulawayo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Bulawayo

More

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 12, 2014  at Hambantota

South Africa won by 82 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 9, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

India tour of England 2014

Jul 9, 2014  at Nottingham

Match drawn

New Zealand Tour of West Indies, 2014

Jul 6, 2014  at Roseau, Dominica

West Indies won by 39 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 6, 2014  at Colombo

South Africa won by 75 runs

Photos

India vs England 1st Test at Trent Bridge

Videos

Kohli describes England as ‘one of the toughest venues'

India, England settle for draw in seesaw 1st Test at Trent Bridge

India tour of England 2014: Kapil Dev, Wasim Akram bond over Mike Gatting

Chris Gayle’s cracking unbeaten ton takes Jamaica Tallawahs to 7-wicket win against St. Lucia Zouks in CPL 2014

Faf du Plessis: South Africa’s fire-fighter who revels under pressure

India tour of England 2014: I enjoyed playing in the IPL, says Rahul Dravid

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England James Anderson Joe Root MS Dhoni Murali Vijay South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Argentina vs Germany FIFA World Cup 2014 final: Cricketers react to Germany’s win on Twitter

India tour of England 2014: Alastair Cook felt Trent Bridge pitch suited Indian batsmen

India tour of England 2014: MS Dhoni wants wickets with more life in them

India tour of England 2014: Bhuvneshwar becomes second player to score two half-centuries in same test batting at No 9

Craig Kieswetter suffers nasty eye injury

Germany lifts FIFA World Cup 2014: Common link with India’s 2011 Cricket World Cup triumph

FIFA World Cup final: World Cup finals — the day heroes are made

AB de Villiers magic helps South Africa record historic series win over Sri Lanka

FIFA World Cup 2014 final: How the final will be spiced up using cricket rules

India vs England NatWest tri-series final 2002: Reflections of a glorious triumph

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Argentina vs Germany FIFA World Cup 2014 final: Cricketers react to Germany’s win on Twitter

Flipkart teases the availability of Xiaomi Mi3

WHO’s latest plans to fight HIV

Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez and Manuel Neuer win FIFA World Cup 2014 top awards

Bangistan poster: Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat don’t have a clue

Does your tooth pain indicate some serious oral crisis?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here