West Indies clinch ODI series against Afghanistan

West Indies clinch ODI series against Afghanistan

West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in their three-match one-day worldwide series.

Lewis and Hope denied the four-pronged Afghanistan spin attack until midway through the innings when skipper Rashid Khan finally broke the stand in his fourth over by trapping Hope leg before wicket. The visitors lost wickets at regular intervals from thereon but managed to post a good total thanks to Nicholas Pooran's 50-ball 67.

West Indies did not have a bright start to their chase as they lost Evin Lewis (7) and Shimron Hetmyer (3) at the score of 25 in 7.4 overs.

Jason Holder (2/21), Chase (2/31) and Romario Shepherd (2/32) shared six wickets among them to rock the Afghans. Naveen-ul-Haq was the best bowler for Afghanistan grabbing 3/60 in nine overs. Four batsmen reached the 20-run marks, including one half-century, but Afghanistan failed to win that match at the end.

Afghanistan misplaced Javed Ahmed in the opening over forward of Hazratullah Zazai (23) and Rahmat Shah (33) steadied in the innings.

There were also had two 50+ partnerships during that chasing. The next major stand was for the sixth wicket with Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran adding up 68 runs.

Chase, who hit 94 in the first ODI in West Indies' seven-wicket win on Wednesday, was again clean bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rehman while trying to pull the unorthodox spinner over midwicket.

Afghanistan will be playing its first ever test match against West Indies in India but one of the war-torn country's fan who wanted to witness this occasion was facing difficulties in finding a room for himself during the tour.

While there were concerns surrounding India's T20I vs Bangladesh in New Delhi owing to the poor air quality prevailing in northwest India recently, the 2nd ODI between Afghanistan and West Indies in Lucknow on Saturday saw players donning masks on the field. The defeat stretched Afghanistan's losing streak in ODIs to 11 matches in a row.



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