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Missed chances condemn WI to first defeat

Published: 
Friday, March 16, 2018
West Indies’ Chris Gayle walks after losing his wicket against Afghanistan at The Harare Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe, yesterday. PICTURE ICC

HARARE—Sloppy West Indies were stunned by Afghanistan for the second time in the ICC World Cup qualifiers, as the Caribbean side slumped to a shock three-wicket defeat in their opening match of the all-important Super Sixes yesterday.

The form team of the tournament following its unbeaten campaign in the preliminaries, West Indies could only muster an inadequate 197 for eight off their 50 overs, after electing to bat first at Harare Sports Club.

Shai Hope top-scored with a painstaking 43 off 94 balls without a single boundary while veteran Marlon Samuels chipped in with 36, captain Jason Holder, 28, and opener Evin Lewis, 27.

Sixteen-year-old off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, handed the new ball, admirably led the attack with three for 33 to claim Man-of-the-Match honours while Mohammad Nabi, also an off-spinner, ended with two for 43.

Having stumbled into the second round with just one victory in the preliminaries but with a win over the Windies in the official warm-ups, Afghanistan put aside their struggles to chase down their target with 14 balls remaining in the contest.

Rahmat Shah struck a composed 68 to spearhead the run chase while Mohammad Nabi completed a solid all-round performance with 31, but West Indies hurt themselves in the field with as many as four dropped catches.

Pacer Holder finished with three for 39 while debutant 20-year-old seamer Keemo Paul picked up two for 29.

The defeat left West Indies second in the standings, one point behind leaders Scotland on five and one ahead of hosts Zimbabwe in third place, with the two top following the full complement of matches advancing to the final and securing the remaining two berths at next year’s World Cup in England.

(CMC)

SCOREBOARD

Afghanistan vs West Indies
– Super Sixes
WEST INDIES Innings
C Gayle b Mujeeb Ur Rahman ................1
E Lewis run out ........................................27
S Hetmyer lbw b M. Nabi ......................15
M Samuels c G. Naib b M. Nabi ............36
S Hope c Zadran b Ur Rahman............ 43
J Holder c N. Zadran b Ur Rahman .....28
R Powell c M. Ur Rahman b Khan ..........3
C Brathwaite c Shah b Ashraf .................4
A Nurse not out .......................................10
K Paul not out.......................................... 16
Extras (b1, lb3, w8, nb2) ........................14
TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs)......... 197
Did not bat: N Miller.
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-46, 3-53, 4-108, 5-158, 6-161, 7-166, 8-169.
Bowling: Zadran 8-1-44-0, Ur Rahman 10-1-33-3, G. Naib 3-0-11-0, M. Nabi 10-1-43-2, Ashraf 9-1-31-1, Khan 10-1-31-1.
AFGHANISTAN Innings
M. Shahzad c Powell b Holder ...............8
J. Ahmadi lbw b Paul................................ 1
R. Shah c Paul b Nurse........................... 68
S. Shenwari c Gayle b Miller .................27
M. Nabi c Hetmyer b Holder ................ 31
N. Zadran c Miller b Paul .......................19
G. Naib c Powell b Holder .....................10
R. Khan not out .......................................13
S. Ashraf not out....................................... 7
Extras (b4, lb1, w9)................................. 14
TOTAL (7 wkts, 47.4 overs)...... 198
Did not bat: Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-17, 3-83, 4-132, 5-152, 6-168, 7-190.
Bowling: Holder 10-0-39-3, Paul 8.4-1-29-2, Miller 9-0-41-1, Brathwaite 9-0-39-0, Nurse 9-0-39-1, Powell 2-0-6-0.
Result: Afghanistan won by three wickets.
Points: Afghanistan 2, West Indies 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Ahsan Raza, Michael Gough; TV – Simon Fry.

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