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Nicholas Pooran has surpassed Chris Gayle as the top T20I run-scorer for the West Indies

the highest score remains 82 and he has scored 11 half-centuries in his T20I career.

Legends Comparison: Pooran vs Gayle

Chris Gayle, a giant in T20 cricket, previously held the record with 1899 runs in 79 matches. Gayle’s average was 27.92, with a strike rate of 137.50, including two centuries and 14 half-centuries. His highest score in T20Is is an impressive 117. Given the high standard Chris Gayleone of the best in the format, he set, Pooran’s achievement is remarkable.

Match Recap: West Indies vs New Zealand

New Zealand won the toss and tested the West Indies first in the match at the Brian Lara Stadium. At one point the team faced a tough situation when they found themselves reduced to 30/5.

However, Sherfane Rutherford’s brave half-century (68* off 39 balls, with two fours and six sixes) helped West Indies post a competitive total of 149/9 in 20 overs.

Bowling performance in New Zealand

The Kiwi bowlers put in a strong performance with Trent Boult leading the charge taking 3/16. Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson also contributed significantly, taking 2/21 and 2/27 respectively. Mitchell Santner and James Neesham scored with one wicket each.

Best T20I score for West Indies

  1. Nicholas Pooran – 1,914 runs in 91 matches, highest score 82
  2. Chris Gayle – 1,899 runs in 79 matches, highest score 117
  3. Marlon Samuels – 1,611 runs in 67 matches, highest score 89*
  4. Kieron Pollard – 1,569 runs in 101 matches, highest score 75*
  5. Lendl Simmons – 1,527 runs in 68 matches, highest score 91*
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The way forward for New Zealand

This match was a must for New Zealand to stay in the tournament. Defeat would knock them out of the competition and secure the Super 8 spots for West Indies and Afghanistan.

To boost their chances, the Kiwis made three changes to their playing XI, bringing in Tim Southee, Jimmy Neesham and Rachin Ravindra.

Nicholas Pooran’s success is a testament to his consistency and skill in the T20 format. Breaking Chris Gayle’s record is no small feat and marks a significant milestone in Pooran’s career. As T20 World Cup progresses, fans will be eager to watch as Pooran and the West Indies continue to perform.

Information taken from Times of India and MSN

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