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Rashid Khan takes 3 wickets but Windies beat Afghanistan

Rashid Khan takes 3 wickets but Windies beat Afghanistan”

Their bowling proved more clinical than in Friday's opening game, scuttling out the Afghans for a paltry 135 off 37.3 overs, after the visitors opted to bat first at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground.

Choosing to bat first, Afghanistan were in trouble right from the get-go as captain Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph carved through their top and middle order easily.

Chasing a lowly target of 136, the hosts suffered a mini collapse before Man of the Match Shai Hope scored a patient unbeaten 48 to stave off the threat of Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and take the home side across the finish line with more than 10 overs to spare. He dismiss both the openers, Kieran Powell (12) and Lewis to leave West Indies in a spot of bother at 55 for two.

Seamer Alzarri Joseph was the pick of a disciplined Windies bowling effort as he returned figures of 2/16 in six overs.

Rashid wasted no time weaving his magic, picking up wickets with his first two balls, as Jason Mohammed edged to first slip before Roston Chase was deceived by a googly and trapped LBW for a golden duck.

When every run need to be earned, Hope (48 not out) showed a lot of character and was well supported by Rovman Powell (17) in their brief 25 run stand.

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Powell, meanwhile, belted two lusty boundaries before perishing to a catch in the deep off Nabi as he again swung for the fences.

The Afghanistan victory comes on the heels of three straight Twenty20 losses to West Indies.

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai (wicketkeeper), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran.

His enterprising innings off 73 balls included two sixes and two fours, saving his side from complete humiliation after they were 51 for six when he came to the crease.

The decisive third ODI is set for Wednesday at the same venue.



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