Sunday 8 December, 2019

West Indies suffer shock defeat against Afghanistan in warm up match

West Indies suffered an embarrassing 29-run defeat against Afghanistan under the Duckworth-Lewis method in their first warm-up match in Harare, New Zealand, just ahead of the ICC World Cup qualifying tournament next week,

The Windies won the toss and chose to field and seemed to have the match won when they had Afghanistan reeling at 71 for eight after 23 overs. Sheldon Cottrell (3 for 43) triggered the collapse with two wickets in his first five overs.

However, Samiullah Shenwari (42) and Gulbadin Naib (48) mounted a ninth-wicket stand of 91 in 11.5 overs to get Afghanistan to 163 for 9.

Captain Jason Holder and Kesrick Williams ended with two wickets apiece.

Rain reduced the match to 35 overs and the West Indies chasing a revised target of 140, were in trouble early, losing Chris Gayle for nine and Shai Hope for one to be 36 for two in the seventh over.

Evin Lewis (36) and Marlon Samuels seemed to put the Windies back on track with a third-wicket stand of 44. However, Sharafuddin Ashraf bagged Lewis and Jason Mohammed for a duck in the space of four balls to leave West Indies reeling on 80 for four. Shapoor Zadran dismissed Samuels for 34 three overs later sending the West Indies into a death spiral.

Dawlat Zadran sliced through the Windies tail with a hat-trick to end with figures off four for 26.

He dismissed Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell and Carlos Brathwaite off successive deliveries off his fifth over.

Captain Rashid Khan, the number-one-ranked bowler in ODI and T20I cricket snared the last two Windies wickets as the West Indies ran out of wickets at 110.

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