Cottrell, Chase power West Indies to series win over Afghanistan

Ross Houston
November 10, 2019

Wickets fell at regular intervals for Afghanistan and the West Indies bundled out them in the 46th over.

Lewis and Hope denied the four-pronged Afghanistan spin attack until midway through the innings when skipper Rashid Khan finally broke the stand in his fourth over by trapping Hope leg before wicket.

That helped guide his side to a credible total and Pooran even put in a shift at wicketkeeper when Hope went off for treatment midway through Afghanistan's reply.

West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in their three-match one-day worldwide series.

West Indies set a target of 248 runs by losing 9 wickets in 50 overs after Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first. West Indies are now riding on a winning momentum as they won the first ODI by 7 wickets.

Indeed, there were only two other notable contributions from the Windies' batting line-up, Shimron Hetmyer making 34 to play his part.

Najibullah Zadran top-scored with a breezy 56 down the order while Rahmat Shah struck 33 and Mohammad Nabi, 32, but the Afghans lost wickets steadily and failed to mount a serious run chase.

Roston Chase (3-30), Sheldon Cottrell (3-29) and Hayden Walsh (3-36) took three wickets each as Afghanistan were bowled out for 200. Najibullah and Nabi then added 68 runs but both the batsmen left in successive overs as they slipped to 177 for seven in the 40th over.

It was a reply that faltered nearly immediately, Javed Ahmadi out for a duck having faced only four deliveries. "The senior players did well, but we lost wickets in clusters".

After winning their first match under the new captain-coach partnership of Kieron Pollard and Phil Simmons last time out, the Windies looked assured from the outset on Saturday. I want to go back inside and celebrate with the guys. "Health is very important, so something's got to be done about that", Pollard said at the presentation ceremony after the match.

"I think we have the talent, we need to believe in ourselves".

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