West Indies registered a comfortable win over Afghanistan in the 1st ODI at Lucknow. Shai Hope and Roston Chase eased visitors over the line.
After choosing to bat against Strong West Indies bowling line up, Afghanistan started steadily. The hosts lost a couple of early wickets, but Rahmat Shah (61off 80 balls) and Ikram Ali Khail (58 off 62 balls) stitched a good partnership together. Asghar Afghan (35 off 52 balls) made sure that Afghanistan has some wickets in hand till 40th over. Afghanistan were 191/6 in 40 overs, but they collapsed to 194/all-out in 45.2 overs.
Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, and Roston Chase picked up two wickets each. Cottrell and Hayden Walsh chipped in with one wicket each.
In the chase, West Indies lost early wickets. They were restricted to 25/2 when Shai Hope (77* off 133 balls) and Roston Chase (94 off 115 balls) arrived at the crease. They batted beautifully to see their team home. Roston Chase fell short of a well deserved hundred by just six runs. He fell to Mujeeb Zadran. Shai Hope remained unbeaten with Nicolas Pooran (8 off 13 balls) to complete a seven-wicket victory.
For Afghanistan, Mujeeb Zadran and Naveen-Ul-Haq picked up two and one wickets, respectively.
Roston Chase won the man of the match award for his superb all-round performance. He scored 94 runs off 115 balls and also picked up a couple of crucial wickets to keep Afghanistan on the backfoot.
West Indies vs Afghanistan 1st ODI – what Did The Captains Say
Kieron Pollard: Losing early wickets and batting almost 50 overs, I’m pleased and Shai Hope we know he is a class batsman, and he understands his role in the team very well, that’s what cricket is all about. We have been having conversations about how we want to play the last two days, and the guys have come in and showed great skill. It’s a total team effort and pleased with the enthusiasm and energy.
Rashid Khan: Not enough runs on the board. We were short of what we wanted to set, and 240-250 would have been ideal on this wicket. I think they gave us the opportunities initially, but we could not capitalize on the momentum. Every match is a learning curve, and we will try our best to come back strong in the next game.
West Indies will face Afghanistan in the 2nd ODI on November 9. This will be a must-win game for the hosts to keep the three-match ODI series alive.