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WINDIES, Afghans Level Series 1-1

Image: Cricket lovers at the game on Sunday. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Final ODI Tomorrow.

DESPITE a disappointing turnout by fans for the first two ODIs, West Indies and Afghanistan are now 1-1 after the first two matches with the third scheduled for tomorrow.

The Daren Sammy Cricket Ground remains the venue for the final ODI between the teams following victories for each last Friday and Sunday.

On Sunday, after going down in the first ODI two days prior, West Indies responded with a hard- fought victory, winning by four wickets.

Image: Cricket lovers at the game on Sunday. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
Cricket lovers at the game on Sunday. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Captain Jason Holder lost the toss for the second time in as many matches, and the visitors opted to bat first, eventually getting bowled out for 135 in 37.3 overs. Gulbadin Naib top scored with a well-played 51 off 73 deliveries before giving Ashley Nurse his second wicket. Other good contributions came from Mohammad Nabi (13) and AsgharStanikzai (11).

Bowling for West Indies, Alzarri Joseph bagged 2 for 15 in his 6 overs, Shannon Gabriel 2 for 25; Jason Holder 2 for 38, Ashley Nurse 2 for 33 and Royston Chase 1 for 15.

In reply, the West Indies struggled against the bowling of Rashid Khan. Evin Lewis got a good start but was eventually out LBW by Khan for 33. Kieron Powell (12) and Royston Chase (9) also fell to the mystery spinner before Shai Hope who scored 48 from 77 deliveries settled in to claim the Man of the Match award. Holder was not out on 11 and Rovman Powell scored 17.

Bowling for Afghanistan, Rashid Khan picked up 3 for 26, Gulbadin Naib 2 for 15, and Mohammad Nabi 1 for 33.

Image: Action on the pitch Alzarri Joseph bowling to GulbadinNabi. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
Action on the pitch Alzarri Joseph bowling to GulbadinNabi. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

For tomorrow’s encounter, the West Indies will select their final eleven from Jason Holder, (captain), DevendraBishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell and Rovman Powell.

In Friday’s encounter, the West Indies lost the first One Day International by 63 runs. After winning the toss and opting to bat, Afghanistan got to 212 for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs. Javed Ahmadi top scored with an impressive 81 runs. For West Indies, Ashley Nurse picked up 2 for 34.

Chasing 213 runs for victory, the home team had no answer for the mesmerizing bowling of Rashid Khan as they were eventually bowled out for 149. Shai Hope top scored with 35. Khan had impressive figures of 7 for 18 in his first match at the DSCG in Gros-Islet. Afghanistan won by 63 runs.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

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