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Hope, Pooran Fire West Indies To World Cup Qualifying Win Over Nepal

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Hope scored 132 while Pooran made a brisk 115 as the pair put on 216 for the fourth wicket to help the two-time champions post 339-7 after a bad start to the innings.

Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran hit centuries to propel the West Indies to a satisfying 101- run palm over Nepal at the World Cup Qualifier in Harare on Thursday.

Hope scored 132 while Pooran made a brisk 115 as the brace put on 216 for the fourth gate to help the two- time titleholders post 339- 7 after a bad launch to the innings.

Kyle Mayers fell for just one and Johnson Charles was out for oh as the West Indies drooped to 9- 2. Nature Brandon King made 32 before he was sailed by leg- incentive Sandeep Lamichhane.

“We were put on the aft bottom there, ” said Hope.

“The key was absorbing as important pressure as possible and also find a way to transfer that pressure in the aft end.

“Pooran made it a lot easier for me. The end was to take it as deep as possible give us the stylish chance towards the end. ”

Hope and Pooran joined forces in the 16th over and took the game down from Nepal, who was left to bemoan a dropped catch off Pooran beforehand in his innings.

Wicketkeeper Aasif Sheikh put down a Pooran edge off left- arm incentive Lalit Rajbanshi when the batter was on just three.

With Hope ticking along at a more sedate pace, Pooran took on the part of raider before both players reached their hundreds in the 40th over.

Hope completed his 15th ODI ton off 107 balls before Pooran sculpted Gulsan Jha to the boundary a many deliveries latterly to bring up his alternate bone- day century off 81 balls- four times after his first.

Dipendra Singh Airee ultimately removed Pooran for 115 with a atrocious catch off his own bowling but Rovman Powell kept the runs flowing with a quick- fire 29 alongside Jason Holder’s 16 not out.

Hope drilled out to long- off in the final over for 132 and Keemo Paul was sailed off the last ball as Rajbanshi finished with three for 52.

Nepal’s chase began inadequately with Alzarri Joseph extracting Kushal Bhurtel’s off refuse in the alternate over. Bhim Sharki soon followed when he was caught behind off Holder trying a scoop shot.

Several Nepali batters made decent thresholds but only Aarif Sheikh passed fifty, reaching 63 before falling to a stunning Pooran catch in the deep as his platoon was sailed out for 238.

Holder took 3- 34 for the West Indies with Joseph, Paul and Akeal Hosein all picking up two lattices.

West Indies has won its first two matches and moved above event hosts Zimbabwe on net run rate at the top of Group A. The two nations meet in their coming match on Saturday.

In Thursday’s other game, the Netherlands bounced back from an opening loss to Zimbabwe by condemning the United States to a third straight defeat.

Shayan Jahangir top- scored with 71 as the USA scrapped its way to 211- 8, but Dutch captain Scott Edwards led his platoon to a five- gate palm with an unbeaten 67 after Teja Nidamanuru sustained the innings with his 58.

The USA is excluded from contention while the Netherlands and Nepal face off Saturday in a contest that will probably determine which platoon advances to the Super Six stage.

The qualifiers continue on Friday with surprise Group B leaders Oman hunting a third consecutive palm against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo, while Scotland play the United Arab Emirates. Know More Latest Cricket News…

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