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West Indies Complete Facile Win over Afghanistan in Opening ODI

West Indies Complete Facile Win over Afghanistan in Opening ODI Photo: TT
West Indies won their opening ODI against Afghanistan

The West Indies beat Afghanistan by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The visitors called it right at the toss in Lucknow and opting to bowl first, enjoyed early success with the ball when Sheldon Cottrell had Hazratullah Zazai bowled for just 9. Then, in the following over, Jason Holder, removed the other opener, Javed Ahmadi, caught by Nicholas Pooran. Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali-Khan then rebuilt the innings with a third wicket stand of 111, scored off twenty overs, with both men making half-centuries, until Ikram, who had reached 58, including one six and 6 fours, was run out by Evin Lewis.

Three balls later, Najbullah Zadran was dismissed, caught by Holder off Roston Chase for a duck.

Rahmat and Asghar Afghan then added 26, before Rahmat, having hit a six and 6 fours, fell to the Holder-Chase combination again for 61. Mohammad Nabi fell cheaply, caught by Cottrell off Holder, but Afghan and Gulbadin Naib put on 33, before Bangladesh lost their last four wickets for the addition of just three runs.

Gulbadin was caught by Chase off the bowling of Hayden Walsh for 17; Rashid Khan fell for a duck caught behind off a delivery from Romario Shepherd; and Afghan, who had made 35, fell in the following over, run out by Holder. Last man out was Naveen-ul-Haq, caught by Kieron Pollard, with Shepherd the bowler again.

The home side had been bowled out for 194, with more than four overs of their innings still to be bowled.

In reply, the West Indies lost Lewis in the fifth over, lbw to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. He made seven. And then Shimron Hetmyer was caught by Ikram, with ul-Haq the bowler this time. However, Shai Hope and Chase were both in excellent form, and they shared a stand of 163 which effectively won the match for the visitors. Chase was the more aggressive of the pair, and had a century in his sights when, having reached 94, which included 11 fours, he was bowled by Mujeeb.

However, Pooran joined Hope at the crease, and the pair added the 7 runs that were needed to seal victory with nearly 4 overs to spare. Pooran finished on 8 not out whilst Hope was undefeated on 77 at the end, having struck five fours.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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