West Indies win ODI series after five years

West Indies clinched a comfortable victory over Afghanistan in the second ODI to win a limited-overs format series after five years.

Cricket West Indies can finally breathe a sigh of relief as they clinched their first ODI series after years. But it didn’t come easy as Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran’s partnership looked like the game is going away from the visitors until Sheldon Cottrell came to the rescue.

West Indies posted a fighting total of 247 after putting into bat first by the hosts. The top order clicked well including the openers Shai Hope (43) and Evin Lewis (53). Shimron Hetmyer also chipped in with a quick 34.

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But the visitors collapsed after his dismissal and they were going nowhereJav until Nicholas Pooran played a masterclass knock of 67* to take West Indies to 247 with the loss of 7 wickets.

In reply, Javed Ahmadi went for a duck while Hazratullah Zazai only managed to score 23. With 79/4, the hosts were in all sorts of trouble, but Nabi and Zadran rescued the side from early damage with a solid partnership.

Cottrell broke the crucial partnership and Afghanistan lost two quick wickets of the set batsman, which also ended their hopes of levelling the series.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard expressed his satisfaction after winning a series for the first time for five years in the presentation ceremony.

“It feels good, been long since we have won a series. It was a good wicket, it was a bit drier. It was just a matter of giving that opportunity to go hard in the end. Pooran batted well and showed consistency. The openers laid the foundation for us and Hetmyer played according to the situation as well. I want to go back inside and celebrate with the guys. Winning is a habit and we need to enjoy ourselves similarly day after. I’ve never played with so many flies around. Health is very important, so something’s got to be done about that.”

West Indies go 2-0 up in the three-match ODI series. The last ODI will be played on November 11.

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