Afghanistan end World Cup with nine defeats
West Indies bid goodbye to the World Cup on a high note after beating Afghanistan by 23 runs in their last game.
Nicholas Pooran and skipper Jason Holder provided the final flourish with a century plus stand as West Indies scored a respectable 311 for 6 in an inconsequential ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 league stage encounter in Leeds.
Pooran (58 off 43 balls) and Holder (45 off 34 balls) added 105 runs in 71 balls guided West Indies to a big total. Earlier Shai Hope (77) and Evin Lewis (58) also scored fifties.
While for Afghanistan, Dawlat Zadran was the most successful bowler but was hammered during the last few overs. He ended with figures of 2 for 73.
Afghanistan spin trio of Mujeeb ur Rahman (0/52 in 10 overs), Mohammed Nabi (1/56 in 10 overs) and Rashid Khan (1/52 in 10 overs) were once again steady as the Caribbean batsmen couldn’t push the run-rate up during middle overs.
In reply, Afghanistan lost their skipper early. But Rahmat Shah scored a valuable fifty followed by a terrific knock by Ikram Ali, who scored 86 from 93 balls.
Zadran (31) and Asghar Afghan(40) also started off well, but couldn’t capitalize on the start. The run-out of Zadran took away Afghanistan’s momentum and they fell apart.
Kemar Roach was the pick of the bowler for West Indies, who picked up 3 for 37. In the end, Afghanistan bowled out in the last ball of the game and suffered 23-run defeat in their last game.
WI 311/6 (50.0)
AFG 288-all out (50.0)
Result: West Indies won by 23 runs