Despite a splendid 118 from Nicholas Pooran against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street, West Indies dropped 23 runs short of a record World Cup run chase. The Windies were 84-4 in the 18th over, set 339 after a maiden century from Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando. Pooran performed some swashbuckling shots, with Fabian Allen’s able support (51).
Yet Pooran was caught behind with 31 required from the last three overs as West Indies finished 315-9, with Lasith Malinga claiming 3-55. Both teams started the game knowing that they were unable to qualify for the semi-finals but that they created a classic meeting.
When the sixth West Indies wicket to fall was Carlos Brathwaite, running out by the slightest deflections at the end of the non-striker, 140 runs were still needed. Allen achieved his half-century with just 30 balls to add 83 inside 10 overs with Pooran-but he declined calling for a single from his partner and was running out with 57 from 35 balls needed.
Sri Lankan spearhead Malinga, who had two catches fallen off his bowling in one over previously, then saw Pooran give a simple opportunity to long-off on 108, but fielder substitute Thisara Perera misjudged it horribly and went on for four.
Former Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews, however, was launched for his first tournament bowl, and Pooran edged his opening delivery— an inviting ball wide of off stump— to the keeper.