Former champion West Indies defeated Afghanistan by 23 runs on Thursday to finish off their campaign in World Cup-2019. West Indies scored 311runs for 6 wickets after winning the toss, after which Afghanistan was all-out for 288 runs in 50 overs. This was the last league match for both Afghanistan and West Indies teams. The World Cup campaign for Afghanistan was extremely poor and the team could not win a single match.
Both the West Indies and Afghanistan were already out of the race for the World Cup semi-final, and their eyes fixed on ending with a victory. Afghanistan could not win a match in this tournament and in the points table of 10 teams. They stayed at the last place and farewell. It was only the second win for the West Indies in 9 matches and the team was ranked 9th.
Rahmat and Ikram added 133 runs to chase the target of 312 runs, the Afghanistan team lost the first wicket in the second over and their captain Gulbuddin Nab (5) was caught out by Kemar Roach at the hand Lewis. After this Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali Khil batted in modest style and added 133 runs for the second wicket.
This partnership was broken by Carlos Brathwaite as a Rahmat. He scored 62 runs in his 78 balls with the help of 10 fours.
Ikram Ali Khil missed the first international century, then added 51 runs for the third wicket with Najibullah Jadran (31). Gayle made him a victim. Ikram scored his first half-century of ODI career and scored 86 runs in 93 balls with 8 fours in his inning. Najibullah was run out, he scored 31 runs with 1 four and a six in 30 balls.
Asghar Afghan Aroused Hope
Former captain Asghar Afghan gave some hope but he has dismissed by Brathwaite at the score of 244. Asghar hit 4 fours and a six in 32 balls. Mohammad Nabi (2) and Samiullah Shinwari (6) were sent to the pavilion by Roach.
In the match, Carlos Brathwaite for West Indies got maximum wickets 4 by giving 63 runs in 9 overs while Kemar Roach took three wickets by giving 37 runs in 10 runs. Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle got 1-1 wickets.
West Indies Give Tough Target
With the useful contribution of top and middle-order batsmen, the West Indies scored an impressive 311 for 6 wickets in their last league match of this World Tournament. West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first, lost the opener Chris Gayle in the sixth over, but the rest of the batsmen played good innings.
111 Runs In The Last 10 Overs
Evin Lewis (58 off 78 balls), Nicholas Pooran (58 off 43 balls) and Shai Hope (77 off 92 balls) scored half-centuries while captain Jason Holder made 45 runs and Shimron Hetmyer contributed 39 runs. Pooran, Holder and Carlos Brathwaite (14 not out on 4 balls) made efforts for the West Indies to score 111 runs in the last 10 overs.