World Cup 2019: West Indies leave Afghanistan winless after 23-run victory
commentary view more view less Next No data available! advertisement scorecard graphs India Today Web Desk LeedsJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 23:05 IST West Indies handed Afghanistan their 8th World Cup 2019 defeat on Thursday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies defeated Afghanistan by 23 runsAfghanistan suffered their 8th defeat of the World Cup 2019Carlos Brathwaite picked four wickets in West Indies winIn a game that had no implications on the World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up, West Indies defeated Afghanistan by 23 runs at Headingley, Leeds on Thursday to keep the latter winless in the tournament.In a rematch of World Cup qualifier last year, West Indies had set a 312 target for Afghanistan, who had never scored above 300 in an ODI, but Afghanistan were all out for 288 to suffer their 8th defeat of the World Cup 2019.In the mammoth chase, Afghanistan lost their skipper Gulbadin Naib in the second over. However, Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali Khil played with composure to a build 133-run stand and bail Afghanistan out of a pressure situation.Rahmat Shah brought up his maiden World Cup fifty off 57 balls, while Ikram Ali became the youngest to get an above 80 score in the history of World Cup to keep Afghanistan’s chase on track.It was Carlos Brathwaite, who gave West Indies a crucial breakthrough and broke the well-looking partnership. Rahmat Shah (62) got a leading edge to hand an easy catch to Chris Gayle at short cover.The game took a turn when West Indies claimed three wickets in 14 balls to create worries for Afghanistan. With his occasional offspin, Chris Gayle took the key wicket of Ikram Ali Khil, trapping him lbw for 86. Najibullah Zadran (31) was run out two balls later and Mohammad Nabi (2) then holed out in the deep off Kemar Roach.Roach then picked his third wicket after dismissing Samiullah Shinwari for 6. As Afghanistan kept losing wickets, Asghar Afghan spent some time at the crease to keep Afghanistan alive in the chase but Jason Holder took a brilliant catch at the boundary rope to get rid of him for 40 off Carlos Brathwaite.advertisementBrathwaite then also sent back Rashid Khan (9) and Dawlat Zadran (1) to get four wickets.Earlier, young Nicholas Pooran and skipper Jason Holder provided the final flourish with a century plus stand as West Indies scored a respectable 311 for six in an inconsequential World Cup league stage encounter, here Thursday.Pooran (58) and Holder (45) added 105 runs in 71 balls to take the total past 300-run mark.This was after Shai Hope (77) and Evin Lewis (58) set the platform with an 88-run second wicket partnership.For Afghanistan, seamer Dawlat Zadran was the most successful bowler but was hammered during the last few overs. He ended with figures of 2 for 73.Afghan spin troika of Mujeeb ur Rahman (0/52), Mohammed Nabi (1/56) and Rashid Khan (1/52) were once again steady as the Caribbean batsmen couldn’t push the run-rate up during middle overs.Hope and Lewis both hit six fours and two sixes each as they built a foundation after Chris Gayle’s early dismissal. Shimron Hetmyer (39) also got a start but was out after being set. He added 65 runs with Hope for the third wicket.Hope and Hetmyer were out within 20 runs off each other and West Indies weren’t exactly comfortable at 192 for 4 in the 38th over.But it was Pooran and Holder, who attacked the bowling during the last 10 overs.Also Read | Pakistan’s performance in World Cup 2019 not bad at all: Moin KhanAlso Read | It is very difficult: Sarfaraz Ahmed on Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chancesAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow West Indies vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: West Indies leave Afghanistan winless after 23-run victoryWorld Cup 2010: Afghanistan suffered their 8th defeat of the tournament as they lost their last group game by 23 runs to West Indies.