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Windies stumble to low target to level Afghan series

By The Assam Tribune

GROS-ISLET (SAINT LUCIA), June 12: West Indies overcame a mini collapse on their way to a series-levelling four-wicket victory in a low-scoring second one-day international against Afghanistan, here.

Afghanistan struggled against the extra pace and bounce of the home seam attack, making just 135 off 37.3 overs, the lowest ODI total at the Darren Sammy Stadium.

Shai Hope then scored a patient unbeaten 48 to stave off the threat of Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and take the home side across the finish line with more than 10 overs but just four wickets to spare after falling at one stage to 98 for five.

Choosing to bat again on the same pitch used for the first match two days earlier, the tourists found the West Indies bowlers to be an entirely different proposition as they adopted a consistent line of short-pitched bowling on the body which exposed the technical inadequacies of most of the Afghan batsmen.


Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran c and b Holder 8, J Ahmadi run out 9, R Shah c Mohammed b Gabriel 1, S Shenwari lbw Gabriel 2, A Stanikzai c wkpr Hope b Joseph 11, M Nabi c Chase b Joseph 13, A Zazai c Holder b Chase 9, G Naib c Joseph b Nurse 51, R Khan c wkpr Hope b Holder 7, D Zadran c Lewis b Nurse 9, A Hamza not out 0. Extras: (LB-1, W-13, NB-1) 15. Total: (all out in 37.3 overs) 135. Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-24, 3-25, 4-34, 5-48, 6-51, 7- 81, 8-96, 9-127, 10-135. Bowling: S Gabriel 7.4-0-25-2, J Holder 9-1-38-2, R Powell 2.2-0-8-0, A Joseph 6-0-15-2, A Nurse 9.3-0-33-2, R Chase 3-1-15-1.

West Indies: E Lewis lbw Khan 33, K Powell c Nabi b Khan 12, S Hope not out 48, J Carter c wkpr Zazai b Naib 2, J Mohammed c Shenwari b Naib 2, R Chase stpd wkpr Zazai b Khan 9, R Powell c Shah b Nabi 17, J Holder not out 11. Extras: (LB-2, W-2) 4. Total: (for 6 wkts in 39.2 overs) 138. Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-55, 3-62, 4-72, 5-98, 6-123. Bowling: D Zadran 7.2-1-47-0, M Nabi 10-0-33-1, R Khan 10-1-26-3, G Naib 5-1-15-2, A Hamza 6-0-12-0. � AFP

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