In an enthralling encounter between the West Indies and India, left-handed batsman Nicholas Pooran faced the repercussions of his actions as he accepted sanctions without the need for a formal hearing.
The charge against him was leveled by on-field umpires Leslie Reifer, Nigel Duguid, third umpire Gregory Brathwaite, and fourth umpire Patrick Gustard, with match referee Richie Richardson proposing the sanction.
The incident marked Pooran’s first offense in a 24-month period, and he now carries a demerit point on his disciplinary record. Despite this setback, his exceptional performance played a pivotal role in securing the West Indies a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
During the game held in Guyana, the home side faced a challenging target of 153 runs. It was then that Nicholas Pooran showcased his brilliance, smashing six fours and four sixes, injecting momentum into the innings.
However, he departed in the 14th over with the Caribbeans still needing 27 runs off 36 deliveries. Despite the loss of three more wickets soon after, the team found its saviors in Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hosein, who ensured a successful chase and an ecstatic victory.
As the focus now shifts to the third T20I scheduled for Tuesday at Providence, the Men in Maroon are determined to continue their winning streak and clinch the series against India.
After experiencing defeats in the preceding Test and ODI series, securing a T20I series victory would be a monumental achievement for the hosts, who also celebrated their first back-to-back victories against India.
Rovman Powell’s men are charged with enthusiasm as they eagerly anticipate the third T20I clash on Tuesday, August 8. The team is determined to maintain their momentum and secure a 3-0 triumph over India, cementing their position as a formidable force in the shortest format of the game.