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Cricket World Cup 2019: West Indies End World Cup with a Win

Cricket World Cup 2019: West Indies End World Cup with a Win Photo: TT
West Indies Beat Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup

In an inconsequential 2019 World Cup game, West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs to finish their campaign with two wins.

With both sides just playing for pride only, the West Indies won the toss at Headingly and decided to bat first. However, they suffered an early loss when Chris Gayle was caught behind off the bowling of Dawlat Zadran. Evin Lewis and Shai Hope then put on 84 until Lewis, who had hit two sixes in his 58, was caught by Mohammad Nabi off Rashid Khan. Shimron Hetmyer joined Hope in the middle and looked to up the scoring rate but, when he had reached 39 from 31 balls, including 2 sixes of his own, he was caught off the bowling of Dawlat Zadran.

Hope and Nicholas Pooran added 18, before Hope became the fourth wicket to fall, caught Rashid bowled Nabi. He had made 77, including 2 sixes and 6 fours. Then it as the turn of Pooran and his captain Jason Holder to share a stand of 103 which really boosted the West Indies total, before both fell in successive balls in the last over. First Pooran, who had made 58, including one six, was run out, and then, next ball, Holder, who had struck 4 sixes, was out for 45, caught by Dawlat Zadran, with Sayed Shirzad the bowler. There was still time for Carlos Braithwaite to make 14 not out off the last four balls, including one six, as his side closed their innings on 311 – 6.

In reply, Afghanistan lost captain Gulbadin Naib in the second over, caught by Lewis off the bowling of Kemar Roach. Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali Khil then put on 133 for the second wicket, until Rahmat was caught by Gayle off the bowling of Braithwaite for 62. Ikram and Najbullah Zadran added 51 but Ikram, who had hit 8 fours, was out top scoring with 86, lbw to Gayle. Two balls later, Najbullah was run out by Hetmyer for 31.

Asghar Afgahn looked to rebuild the innings, but struggled to find support, as first Nabi and then Samiullah Shenwari fell to the bowling of Roach. When Afghan was caught by Holder off Braithwaite for 40, Afghanistan had lost their last recognised batsman. Braithwaite struck again to remove Dawlat Zadran, and then Rashid Khan. Last man out for 25 was Shirzad, caught by Fabian Allen off the bowling of Oshane Thomas, as the Afghans were bowled out for 288.

The West Indies ended the tournament with a victory whilst Afghanistan, although they lost all their matches, had the consolation of having been competitive in all of them.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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