Afghanistan stun West Indies in warm-up win

Afghanistan gave West Indies a trace of the battle that could be in store for them in their offer to achieve the 2019 World Cup, subsequent to doing combating once again from the edge of a devastating annihilation to pull off a surprising triumph in their warm-up experience in Harare, in front of one week from now’s ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

The two groups are among the top picks to assert the last two spots for one year from now’s competition in England, however for West Indies, two-time title holders in 1975 and 1979, inability to advance would be an especially dishonorable crossroads in their history.

Also, the way in which they gave in this challenge, first with ball and after that bat, will have given them few explanations behind good faith going into their opening apparatus against UAE one week from now, despite the fact that they have invited once more into their positions any semblance of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who assumed key parts in their triumphs at the World T20 in 2012 and 2016.

In the wake of winning the hurl and handling to begin with, West Indies seemed to have the challenge in their pocket in the wake of lessening Afghanistan to 71 for 8 out of 23 overs. Without their commander, Asghar Stanikzai, who has been hospitalized with a ruptured appendix, Afghanistan seemed rudderless as the left-arm seamer, Sheldon Cottrell, set the tone with two wickets in the initial five overs of the match.

Be that as it may, Afghanistan’s soul is redoubtable under the most favorable circumstances, and when Samiullah Shenwari and Gulbadin Naib met up in a ninth-wicket remain of 91 out of 11.5 overs, Afghanistan wound up back in the challenge.

With awful climate lessening the match to a 35-over issue, West Indies lost Gayle and Shai Hope right on time as they pursued a reconsidered aggregate of 140, yet Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels seemed to have steadied the interest with a remain of 44.

Be that as it may, Sharafuddin Ashraf packed away Lewis and Jason Mohammed for a duck in the space of four balls to leave West Indies wavering on 80 for 4, and when Shapoor Zadran included Samuels for 34 three overs later, the written work was on the divider.

Dawlat Zadran came back to tear through the tail with definite figures of 4 for 26, which incorporated a cap trap that saw the finish of Shimron Hetmyer (got at ravine by Najibullah Zadran), Rovman Powell (got by Mohammad Shahzad) and Carlos Brathwaite (lbw) off progressive conveyances of his fifth over. Chief Rashid Khan – the recently delegated No.1 bowler in ODI and T20I cricket – along these lines killed out the last two West Indies wickets with his legspin.

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