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Zadrans bowls Afghanistan to stunning win over West Indies

Zadrans bowls Afghanistan to stunning win over West Indies

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:58

KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahead of next week's ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Afghanistan staged a remarkable comeback to stun West Indies in their warm-up encounter in Harare.

By virtue of the pulsating win, Afghanistan gave West Indies a hint of the struggle that could be in store for them in their bid to reach the 2019 World Cup.

Both sides are among the favorites to claim the final two spots for next year's tournament in England, but for West Indies, two-time world champions in 1975 and 1979, failure to progress would be a particularly ignominious moment.

Opting to field first, West Indies restricted Afghanistan to 71 for 8 in 23 overs. Without their captain, Asghar Stanikzai, who has been hospitalised with appendicitis, Afghanistan lost two wickets in the first five overs.

But Samiullah Shenwari and Gulbadin Naib came together in a ninth-wicket stand of 91 in 11.5 overs. They put Afghanistan back in the contest.

As inclement weather cut the match to a 35-over affair, West Indies lost Gayle and Shai Hope as they chased a revised total of 140. Then Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels steadied the pursuit with a stand of 44.

However, Sharafuddin Ashraf dismissed Lewis and Jason Mohammed for a duck in a space of four balls to leave West Indies struggling on 80 for 4.

It was all over for the Caribbeans When Shapoor Zadran removed Samuels for 34 three overs later. Dawlat Zadran returned to rip through the tail with figures of 4 for 26, including a hat-trick in his fifth over.

Captain Rashid Khan - the newly crowned No.1 bowler in ODI and T20I cricket - subsequently sniped out the final two West Indian wickets.