Tim Paine 9(27); | (27);
Morne Morkel* 9.4-3-23-5; | Keshav Maharaj 12-2-32-2
Stuart Broad 1(19); | (19);
Todd Astle* 16.1-5-39-3; | Neil Wagner 32-11-77-3
Mohammad Nabi* 27(12); | Samiullah Shenwari 20(12);
Chris Gayle* 5.4-0-38-2; | Keemo Paul 8-0-29-1
That's a helluva pretty trophy. And one thing's for sure, Afghanistan players know how to pose in audibles. Everyone's buzzing behind that trophy! But what a story, what a stunning story of resurgence. Losing the first three games to almost be dumped out of the tournament, to having other results go your way whilst being busy at winning every game that you've on your hands, has to be a part of Afghanistan's folklore. We're in the middle of a great story, people. Savour it; Afghanistan are headed for more showstopping bouts. I, Pratyush Sinha, and my colleagues, Akshay Maanay, Varun Dikshit and Sreenivas, will be there to bring that to you. Have a good Sunday, ta-ta!
Stanikzai - captain, Afghanistan: "We are very happy because this was our dream. This is not just our dream, this is our Afghanistan's dream. We beat them (Windies) in the practice game and the Super Sixes too. And it was big news because Windies are a full-member team. I feel good now. Afghanistan people wanted the cup, that's why I wanted to play in the game. I took the risk [talking about his health and comeback] but now it's good. [Goes on to thank his countrymen in Pashto/Dari]"
Afghanistan players get their medallions now. Stanikzai will get it last and have a word.
Holder - captain, Windies: "Congratulations to Afghanistan on a very good tournament, especially after coming back from where they were. We didn't get over the line and I'm not really proud of that. Nobody put their hand up. Was a long tournament in a short space of time. Lot of guys were carrying niggles at the start of the tournament, so credit to them for continuing. Proud of my guys. Disappointed to not win the final but we played outstanding cricket in this tournament. Want to thank the whole group. Hopefully we can pick ourselves up."
Time for Windies players to collect their medallions.
Sikandar Raza - Player of the Tournament: "Certainly not happy at all. This trophy is a painful reminder of the dreams that we had, of the 15 million dreams we crushed. When I started playing cricket, I thought it was to unite the country, players of different backgrounds, everyone who comes together to play this beautiful sport. Unfortunately that's not going to happen. It's a tough pill to swallow. This trophy will also serve as a reminder for Peter Borren and the Dutch players, for Kyle Coetzer and his Scottish players, for Mustafa and his UAE players, and all the countries who couldn't make it to the WC. Congrats to Nepal on the ODI status. This trophy will also serve as a painful reminder for the two of our brother countries who lost their ODI status. I wish them luck. Not much to say; going through a lot of emotions."
Shahzad - Player of the Match: "My form came back at the right time, when my team needed it. My team played good cricket and now we're champions. Proud of the guys. I know my strengths. We have the World No. 1 spinner, that's why I said to Windies that 'we are coming.' I always enjoy my batting. The wicket was better for batting in the second innings. My job is to hit the ball and people's job is to watch the ball, so I don't watch the ball when I hit it. Windies players, I love them, they are good human beings. I have a lot of friends in the team."
Afghanistan team is being aptly led by Shahzad into the celebrations too. They're grooving to Bravo's 'Champion' song. We'll be back with the presentations soon.
04:10pm local: Has to be a big day in Afghanistan's cricketing history. They started the day as a WC participant, and are ending the day with a title and a statement, that they won't be the designated pushovers in England next year. Mujeeb's four wickets meant that the battle was half-won in the innings break. Shahzad then brisked to 84, that must be said was strewn with theatrical poses, and that made the job even easier. Gayle's off-spin bowling might be the only positive Windies take back from this game. But hey, they've a WC berth too.
Shahzad has been in his elements in the dressing room's balcony too. Constantly chirping..
Loses his run-up
So Gayle will continue. Why not.
Keemo Paul [6.0-0-19-1] is back into the attack
Afghanistan need 31 runs in 78 balls
Mohammad Nabi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Gayle to Rahmat, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
They're doing it in singles. Occasional singles. So much time.
38 off 90 needed
Drinks: This is very much Afghanistan's game to lose. Not a lot at stake, so the players are having some fun out there. Gayle's bowling with some flight and dip and trajectory, so watch out this space. Who knows if he has a collapse up his sleeve, umm..
Samiullah Shenwari, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mohammad Shahzad's celebrations don't end there. He's walking back to the dressing room, stops, and squats into a pose, bat held across over his head. Can say that Phil Simmons didn't like it..
Gayle to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Chris Gayle, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Carlos Brathwaite [4.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack
Jason Holder [4.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack
Afghanistan need 93 runs
Spot a catching mid-on here
Keemo Paul [4.0-0-6-1] is back into the attack
Ashley Nurse, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Kemar Roach [4.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now. This passage of play has only belonged to one man, Mohammad Shahzad. He has been on fire.He has scored around 70% runs of the team total and has played some audacious shots. He has entertained one and all with his champion dance and cheeky things too. For Windies, Keemo Paul has bowled well. He has been nippy and has beaten Afghan bastmen for pace. Holder would want him to take couple of wickets quickly.
Rahmat Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Keemo Paul to Naib, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Keemo Paul, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Carlos Brathwaite, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Jason Holder, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Mohammad Shahzad pulled away just at the last moment as Roach was coming into ball. Something went into the eye of Shahzad probably.
Mohammad Shahzad and Naib are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Roach will open the attack