West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs in 2nd ODI to register a series win in five years. The visitors outplayed Afghanistan in every department of the game.
After coming out to bat 1st in Lucknow, Windies openers, Shai Hope and Evin Lewis, set the tone with the scores of 43 and 54, respectively. Nicolas Pooran was brilliant with the bat. He smashed 67 runs off 50 balls with seven 4’s and three 6’s. West Indies finished on 247/9 in 50 overs.
For Afghanistan, Naveen Ul Haq picked up three wickets. Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Javed Ahmedi and Sharafuddin Ashraf picked up one wicket each.
In the chase, Afghanistan was jolted by the early strikes. Only Najibullah Zadran looked good for his 66-ball 56. The hosts crumbled at 247/all-out in 45.4 overs.
For West Indies, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh, and Roston Chase picked up three wickets each.
Nicolas Pooran was awarded the man of the match for his brilliant batting.
West Indies vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI – What Did The Captains Say
Kieron Pollard: It feels good, been a 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 the day after. I’ve never played with so many flies around. Health is vital, so something’s got to be done about that.
Rashid Khan: I think we started well, we bowled well in the first few overs. Credit goes to Pooran for the way he played. 247 was still chaseable with such a deep batting line up. We recovered well, but couldn’t finish off. The only plan was to bowl dot balls, and they’ll make mistakes. We knew we could get a few opportunities. The senior players did well, but we lost wickets in clusters. In the next match, we’ll try to play much better than this and be positive. We need to focus on that. We need to believe in ourselves, that’s where we lack a touch.
West Indies will take on Afghanistan for the 3rd and final ODI of the series on November 11. The visitors will look to whitewash the hosts.