West Indies beat Afghanistan by five wickets in the 3rd and final ODI of the series to complete 3-0 whitewash. Shai Hope was the star of the day as his unbeaten century helped the visitors to gun down the target.
Afghanistan came in to bat first in the dead rubber. Hazratullah Zazai (50 off 59 balls), Asghar Afghan (86 off 85 balls), Mohammad Nabi (50* off 66 balls), and Najibullah (30 off 32) were the main contributors in the respectable total of 249 which Afghanistan put on the board against West Indies.
For West Indies, Keemo Paul and Alzari Joseph picked up three and two wickets respectively. Romario Shepherd and Roston Chase also chipped in with one scalp each.
In the chase, West Indies lost a couple of early wickets, but Shai Hope and middle-order made sure that Windies make it over the line. Brandon King (39 off 56 balls), Nicolas Pooran (21 off 26 balls), Kieron Pollard (32 off 26 balls) and Roston Chase (42* off 32 balls) all contributed to the West Indies cause, but Shai Hope was the star of the day who remained unbeaten on 109 off 145 balls. His knock contained eight 4’s and three 6’s. The right-handed opener made sure that West Indies makes it over the line with nine balls to spare and five wickets in hand.
Shai Hope was undoubtedly awarded the man of the match for his superb knock.
West Indies vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI – What Did The Captains Say
Kieron Pollard: We came here with some ambition about how we want to play cricket, and the guys responded well. Winning is a habit; we want to follow the process again and again. There is some method in everything we do. Sometimes it will work, and sometimes it won’t work.
Rashid Khan: Thanks to the crowd for supporting our team. Hopefully, they will come out in the T20s too. We have improved as a team in every game. Asghar and Nabi finished in the right manner and helped us in posting a good total. We should have defended that target, but Hope didn’t give us any chance. He batted superbly. Nothing to change; we need to focus on making the right decisions. And my message to the boys would be to enjoy their cricket.