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Pooran half-century puts Sixers over the top

sgtdjones 2019-01-11 11:37:47 

Pooran half-century puts Sixers over the top

DHA­KA, Bangladesh – West In­dies star Nicholas Pooran slammed an un­beat­en half-cen­tu­ry to ex­tend his run of ex­cel­lent re­cent run of form, as Syl­het Six­ers edged Chit­tagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Pre­mier League yes­ter­day.

Opt­ing to bat first at the Shere Bangla Na­tion­al Sta­di­um, Six­ers were pro­pelled by cap­tain David Warn­er who top-scored with 59 off 47 balls while Pooran blazed late in the in­nings for his 52 off 32 de­liv­er­ies.

Nine­teen-year-old Bangladesh bats­man Afif Hos­sain struck 45 from 28 balls.

Six­ers suf­fered a night­mare start when they slumped to six for three in the third over but Warn­er ini­ti­at­ed the re­vival when he put on 71 for the fourth wick­et with Afif.

The Aus­tralian, cur­rent­ly serv­ing a ban from in­ter­na­tion­al crick­et for ball tam­per­ing, notched two fours and a six in a pa­tient knock while Afif at­tacked, belt­ing five fours and three six­es.

When Afif fell in the 11th over, Pooran ar­rived to put on an ex­hi­bi­tion of stroke-play, strik­ing three fours and three six­es as he dom­i­nat­ed a 70-run, fifth wick­et part­ner­ship with Warn­er.

In re­ply, Vikings made a good fist of it but 24 runs off the fi­nal over proved a moun­tain too high to climb.

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