Day 7, Call 9: West Indies vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I, Nicholas Pooran Match Runs – Over 22.5

Difficulty Level: Medium 

  • Pooran in T20Is in 2022: Innings – 8, Runs – 348, Outs – 7, Avg – 49.7 
  • Pooran in T20s in 2022: Innings – 13, Runs – 306, Outs – 8, Avg – 38.2

Pooran has become a more responsible batter of late, i.e. his risks are measured, and not outrageous. It was evident in the IPL this year, where he averaged 38.2 runs per wicket – his highest in 4 seasons. 

IPL bat average: 2019 – 28, 2020 – 35.3, 2021 – 7.7, 2022 – 38.2

The left-hander had to sacrifice his strike rate a bit to achieve that, which always helps when backing run accumulation. 

IPL SR: 2019 – 157, 2020 – 169.7, 2021 – 112, 2022 – 144

The same pattern can also be observed in international cricket: 2022 is the highest Pooran has averaged in a calendar year in T20Is. 

Top 3 years by average in T20Is: 2022 (49.7), 2018 (41), 2021 (25.5)

Out of the 8 T20I innings in 2022, he has only failed to cross the 22-run mark twice. And even in those two instances, he had scores of 21 and 22. 

In addition, the 26-year-old is playing at home, bats in the top 4, and is also the captain of the T20I side. 

Potential Prediction Disruptor: The nature of the deck at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica. The last international game here was played way back in 2014, so it is anyone’s guess how the deck will behave for this fixture. 

Prediction Success Rate – 100% (Calls Made – 8, Right Calls – 5, Wrong Calls – 0, Calls Void – 3)

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