Hope powers West Indies to ODI sweep over Afghanistan


Hope powers West Indies to ODI sweep over Afghanistan

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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LUCKNOW, India (AFP) — Opening batsman Shai Hope struck an unbeaten century as West Indies outplayed Afghanistan by five wickets in the third One-Day International yesterday to complete a 3-0 series rout.

Hope made 109 and built crucial partnerships including an unbeaten 71-run stand with Roston Chase, 42 not out, to anchor West Indies' chase of 250 with eight balls to spare in Lucknow.

The wicketkeeper/batsman completed his seventh ODI hundred as West Indies, under new limited-overs Captain Kieron Pollard, recorded their first ODI whitewash since 2014.

“We came here with a mission and specific roles for players, and all the players deserve credit,” said Pollard.

“Winning is a habit, and anything that we want to do as a team is a process, and it's something we had to improve in a period of time.”

Paceman Keemo Paul played a key role in the win, returning figures of 3-44 in Afghanistan's 249 for seven.

Afghanistan's teenage spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman took two wickets to reduce West Indies to four for two, but Hope stood firm to keep the chase on track.

Hope, who starred in the opening win with an unbeaten 77, remained the top-scorer in the series with 229 runs.

Man-of-the-match Hope got support from debutant Brandon King, who made 39, and Pollard, who hit 32.

Chase was named man of the series for his 145 runs including a highest score of 94 in the three matches and six wickets with his off-spin.

Afghanistan, led by Rashid Khan, were outplayed in all three matches in their newly adopted home in Lucknow. India has been the home of the war-torn nation's cricket team since 2015.

A 127-run partnership between Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi gave Afghanistan a fighting total from a precarious 118-5 after being invited to bat first.

Afghan made 86 off 85 balls and Nabi remained unbeaten on 50 to thwart a persistent West Indies bowling attack.

Opener Hazratullah Zazai hit an attacking 50, but the rest of the top-order fell flat.

Afghan, who hit three fours and six sixes, then took stock to rebuild and Nabi joined forces with the batting pair taking the attack to the opposition.

The two teams will now play three Twenty20 internationals in Lucknow starting November 14.

H Zazai c Lewis b Paul 50
I Zadran lbw b Joseph 2
R Shah c Pooran b Paul 10
I Alikhil b Paul 9
A Afghan c Shepherd b Joseph 86
N Zadran c King b Chase 30
M Nabi not out 50
R Khan c Walsh b Shepherd 0
Extras (b1, lb3, w8) 12
Total (7 wickets, 50 overs) 249
Did not bat: S. Ashraf, Y. Ahmadzai,
M. Ur Rahman
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Ibrahim),
2-45 (Rahmat), 3-65 (Alikhil), 4-74
(Hazratullah), 5-118 (Najibullah),
6-245 (Afghan), 7-249 (Rashid)
Bowling: Joseph 9-1-59-2 (w1),
Shepherd 9-0-47-1 (w3), Chase 10-
0-24-1, Paul 10-2-44-3 (w3), Walsh
7-0-51-0, Pollard 5-0-20-0 (w1)
West Indies (target 250)
S Hope not out 109
E Lewis lbw b Mujeeb 1
S Hetmyer lbw b Mujeeb 0
B King b Rashid 39
N Pooran c Ibrahim b Ashraf 21
K Pollard Najibullah b Nabi 32
R Chase not out 42
Extras (b4, lb1, w4) 9
Total (5 wickets, 48.4 overs) 253
Did not bat: K. Paul, A. Joseph, R.
Shepherd, H. Walsh
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Lewis), 2-4
(Hetmyer), 3-68 (King), 4-119
(Pooran), 5-182 (Pollard)
Bowling: Mujeeb 10-1-49-2 (w1),
Yamin 8.4-1-49-0, Ashraf 10-0-57-1,
Nabi 10-1-47-1, Rashid 10-0-46-1
Toss: West Indies
Result: West Indies won by five
Series: West Indies won the 3-match
series 3-0
Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), Ahmed
Shah Durrani (AFG)
TV Umpire: Ahmed Shah Pakteen
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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