Star West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran is the next big thing in world cricket. His clean and powerful hitting makes him one of the hottest properties across the world in the shortest format. Pooran ran a riot on Saturday on his Big Bash League (BBL) debut for Melbourne Stars against the Sydney Sixers in Queensland.
He came in to bat with his side in a very tricky position as they were reduced to 49-4 in the ninth over after some impressive bowling performance from the Sixers unit. Nicholas Pooran, alongside skipper Glenn Maxwell, strung in a terrific partnership to help Melbourne Stars compete from a really tough position. The duo put on a 125-run stand for the fifth wicket off just 63 balls before Pooran was dismissed in the 18th over.
Nicholas Pooran smacks 65 off just 26
The Trinidadian smacked 65 off just 26 balls at a strike rate of 250 to propel the Melbourne Stars to 193 in their 20 overs. Nicholas Pooran struck eight sixes and two fours in his 26 balls knock. He was seen playing shots to all parts of the ground during his whirlwind innings. Meanwhile, Pooran has been scintillating form since the IPL where he played some fine knocks for Kings XI Punjab but couldn’t guide them to the playoffs.
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Meanwhile, Nicholas Pooran’s blistering debut was neutralised by Daniel Hughes’ whirlwind knock of 96 runs. The game went down the wire before Sydney Sixers secured victory with only one ball to spare. Glenn Maxwell was forced to bowl the last over due to the injury of Nathan Coulter Nile, who bowled only three overs and that proved detrimental to his side.