Monday 30 March, 2020

West Indies seek series win over Afghanistan in St Lucia

West Indies will be trying to avoid a series defeat against minnows Afghanistan when the teams meet in the deciding third and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia on Wednesday.

What was supposed to be an easy assignment for the West Indies to make up for their absence from the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England has gone wrong, leaving the three-match series at 1-1 with everything to play for.

The match is a day/night schedule and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm.

Stung by their 63-run defeat in the opening ODI, the Windies hit back  on Sunday as they skittled the tourists for just 135 and then won by four wickets.

After West Indies' quicks dominated Afghanistan, Shai Hope's unbeaten 48 and a 33-run knock from Evin Lewis guided the hosts to 138-6 with 64 balls remaining.

For the deciding match, Cricket West Indies named fast bowler Kesrick Williams to replace Shannon Gabriel in the Windies 13-man squad.

Gabriel sustained a side strain in the second match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground and is unavailable for selection.

The 27-year-old Williams is yet to play in this format. He has so far played eight T20 Internationals, with 14 wickets (average 11.21; economy 5.70).


WEST INDIES (probable): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Jason Mohammed, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jonathan Carter, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Rovman Powell, 9 Ashley Nurse, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Kesrick Williams

AFGHANISTAN (probable): 1 Noor Ali Zadran, 2 Javed Ahmadi, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Asghar Stanikzai (capt), 5 Samiullah Shenwari, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Afsar Zazai (wk), 8 Gulbadin Naib, 9 Rashid Khan, 10 Amir Hamza, 11 Dawlat Zadran


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