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T20 World Cup: West Indies, NZ end group matches with wins

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T20 World Cup: West Indies, NZ end group matches with wins

West Indies and New Zealand ended their group matches with wins over their respective opponents in the T20 World Cup 2024 on Monday.

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WEST INDIES END GROUP C MATCHES WITH WIN OVER AFGHANISTAN

West Indies completed Group C play with a 104-run win over Afghanistan in Gros Islet.

Furthermore, Nicholas Pooran provided an impressive batting display with six hits.

Additionally, this helped West Indies prepare for the Super 8 over fellow qualifier Afghanistan.

Furthermore, West Indies amassed an impressive 218 for five, with Pooran’s exploits on display during his 53-ball 98.

The number served as the highest total for West Indies in the T20 World Cup’s history.

“We knew here will be one of the better wickets of the competition. After Guyana and Trinidad, the batters wanted to come here and get runs,” said West Indies skipper Rovman Powell.

“(Pooran), I think it is on the back of hard work. He has had a very good 12 months. Good to see him score runs not only in franchise cricket but also for WI,” he added.

WEST INDIES JOINED BY NEW ZEALAND WITH PNG VICTORY IN T20 WORLD CUP EXIT

Furthermore, New Zealand ended its T20 World Cu[p stint with a seven-wicket beating of Papua New Guinea in Group C action.

Lockie Ferguson got through a full four overs without conceding a run to play a key role in New Zealand’s convincing win.

Interestingly, the feat enabled Ferguson to join Canada skipper Saad Bin Zafar in a remarkable feat.

Ferguson is now the second bowler in T20I history to have sent down each of the four overs to a bowler as a maiden.

Additionally, Ferguson returned figures of 4-4-0-3 compared to Bib Zafar’s 4-4-0-2.

Moreover, Trent Boult, who is possibly playing for the last time for New Zealand in the T20 World Cup, ended with 2/15, while opening partner Tin Southee was 2/11.

KANE WILLIAMSON UNCERTAIN ON T20I FUTURE AFTER NEW ZEALAND EXIT

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, meanwhile, remained uncertain about his T20I future after New Zealand officially exited from the tournament.

The 33-year-old, who turns a year older in August, did not commit to another shot at the title.

The next T20 World Cup returns in India and Sri Lanka in 2026.

“There’s a bit of time between now and then, so it’s about regrouping as a side,” Williamson said.

“We’ve got a red-ball cricket over the next year basically, so it’s back into some other international formats, and we’ll see where things land,” he added.

Interestingly, former NZ captain Stephen Fleming backs Williamson possibly changing his priorities as he enters the final years of his career.

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