ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Afghanistan vs West Indies - Match 42

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Date & Time: 04 July 2019

Afghanistan 288/10

RR: 5.76 | West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Gulbadin Naib c Evin Lewis & b Kemar Roach c Evin Lewis & b Kemar Roach 5610
Rahmat Shah c Chris Gayle & b Carlos Brathwaite c Chris Gayle & b Carlos Brathwaite 6278100
Ikram Ali Khil lbw Chris Gayle lbw Chris Gayle 869380
Najibullah Zadran run out run out 313811
Asghar Afghan c Jason Holder (C) & b Carlos Brathwaite c Jason Holder (C) & b Carlos Brathwaite 403241
Mohammad Nabi c Fabian Allen & b Kemar Roach c Fabian Allen & b Kemar Roach 2600
Samiullah Shinwari c Shimron Hetmyer & b Kemar Roach c Shimron Hetmyer & b Kemar Roach 6900
Rashid Khan c Jason Holder (C) & b Carlos Brathwaite c Jason Holder (C) & b Carlos Brathwaite 91601
Dawlat Zadran c Sheldon Cottrell & b Carlos Brathwaite c Sheldon Cottrell & b Carlos Brathwaite 1200
Sayed Shirzad c Fabian Allen & b Oshane Thomas c Fabian Allen & b Oshane Thomas 251722
Mujeeb Ur Rahman not out not out 7510
Extras 14 (b 0, lb 2, w 10, nb 2)
Total 288 (10 Wkts, 50.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
5-1 (Gulbadin Naib,1.3), 138-2 (Rahmat Shah,26.2), 189-3 (Ikram Ali Khil,35.3), 194-4 (Najibullah Zadran,35.5), 201-5 (Mohammad Nabi,37.4), 227-6 (Samiullah Shinwari,41.4), 244-7 (Asghar Afghan,44.2), 255-8 (Dawlat Zadran,45), 260-9 (Rashid Khan,46.3), 288-10 (Sayed Shirzad,50),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Sheldon Cottrell7 0 43 0 6.14
Kemar Roach10 2 37 3 3.70
Oshane Thomas7 0 43 1 6.14
Jason Holder8 0 46 0 5.75
Fabian Allen3 0 26 0 8.67
Carlos Brathwaite9 0 63 4 7.00
Chris Gayle6 0 28 1 4.67
Evin Lewis 0 0 0 0 0
Shai Hope 0 0 0 0 0
Shimron Hetmyer 0 0 0 0 0
Nicholas Pooran 0 0 0 0 0

Done with the match. 111 runs were given by the Afghan bowlers in the last 10 overs and that cost them big. Plenty of lessons for both sides as they end their campaign here. We now switch our attention to the next match on Friday at Lord's between Pakistan and Bangladesh which is almost a dead rubber. The action will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Do join us then. Cheers!

Here is what Chris Gayle has to say! Starts by admitting that this World Cup didn't go according to the plan for them. Confirms that this is definitely his last World Cup. Tells that he would have loved to win the trophy. Finds it tough to express his feelings. States that the future is definitely bright for West Indies with the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran coming through. Informs that next he will be in action in ODIs against India and will be participating in the CPL and the Canadian T20.

West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says it was good to get over the line. Mentions that they have had some close encounters in this tournament but he is happy they got over the line today. States the batters set the tone and 300 was a good total. Further adds they did not start as they wanted with the bat but they kept on building partnerships and finished strongly. Admits they were inconsistent in all the three departments throughout the tournament and they need to get a lot more consistent. He congrats Chris Gayle and says he has been a star for the West Indies. Finishes with a word of praise for Ian Gould who is also in his last World Cup.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says they did finish with a good score but at once it did look like they will win the game. Credits the way Rahmat Shah and Ikram played. Further adds that Ali Khil, who is very young, played very well but it is not only him and they have a lot of good youngsters back in Afghanistan. Hopes they keep getting stronger. Further adds he has learned a lot from this World Cup. Ends by saying that fitness is a big issue for them and they need to improve. Also wants his team to learn how to handle pressure and keep working on their skills.

SHAI HOPE IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH! Says it was important they get that score on the board. Feels that Afghanistan have some decent spinners and it was necessary for them to have the launching pad heading towards the end. States he is not very happy with his performance in this World Cup but hopes he can go from strength to strength. Ends by saying he is happy he finished on a high and hopes to carry it in the next series.

Post the second wicket stand, Afghanistan tried to maintain the same intensity through Najibullah Zadran and Asghar Afghan but they failed to bat longer and the batsmen who followed fell in a heap. After an ordinary beginning with the ball, West Indies picked themselves up and tightened the screws. Kemar Roach was the best bowler for them in terms of control while Carlos Brathwaite with a 4-fer was the most successful bowler for the Caribbean team. Chris Gayle also bowled some tidy overs and he got the prized scalp of Ali Khil. Both teams were pretty ordinary in the field as we witnessed quite a few chances getting missed.

Coming to the summary of this match, West Indies put up a strong batting show and powered their way to a total in excess of 300. Barring Gayle, all their top batsmen performed and the century partnership between Pooran and Holder provided the real impetus at the death. In the chase, Afghanistan lost their skipper early but the 133-run stand between Ikram Ali Khil and Rahmat Shah kept them on track. Both batted delightfully and till the time they were at the crease, Afghanistan were in with a chance.

Chris Gayle has the match ball in his hand as he waves to the crowd. This is the last of the big man at the biggest stage. Plenty of smiles and hugs. He has always been a likable character and is loved all over the world for his unique style.

Another tale of Afghanistan presenting a good fight but then running out of gas before the chequered flag! They close their campaign win-less but have plenty of positives to take forward. Even towards the end of this chase, their lower order batsmen put up a spirited show and narrowed down the defeat margin.

49.6
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, OUT! What a catch to end the game! That is a screamer! Fabien Allen, he is a good fielder but this is something extraordinary. It is outside off, Shirzad looks to hit it over the off side but it goes off the toe-end. Loops towards Allen at cover-point, who runs back, dives by stretching his left hand out and takes a one-handed stunner. He is elated and so are the West Indian players. They end the World Cup with a win by beating AFGHANISTAN BY 23 RUNS!
49.5
6
O Thomas to S Shirzad, SIX! This guy can hit the ball really well! Oshane goes full and on off, Shirzad smashes it over the long off fence for a biggie.
49.4
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Outside off again, Shirzad swings but misses.
49.3
4
O Thomas to S Shirzad, FOUR! Another boundary for Shirzad! A full toss outside off, he gets bat on ball, clears the in-field and it races away to the fence.
49.2
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Shorter now and outside off, Shirzad looks to flat-bat it but misses.
49.1
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Yorker outside off, this is jammed out to point.
48.6
0
C Brathwaite to Ur Rahman, He does not! He misses by a whisker. Mujeeb makes room and Brathwaite follows him. Mujeeb swings but misses, the ball just about kisses the leg pole. An excellent day with the ball for Brathwaite. His figures are 9-0-63-4.
48.5
1
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, On the bounce! Fuller and on off, Shirzad chips it to long off for one. So one ball left for Brathwaite to get a fifer. Can he?
48.4
1
C Brathwaite to Ur Rahman, Fuller and on middle, this is hit through mid-wicket for one.
48.3
1
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, Make that three now as Shirzad mistimes this down to long on for one.
48.2
0
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, Slower one outside off, the batter swings but misses. 4 more balls left for Brathwaite to get a fifer.
48.1
0
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, A yorker on middle, this is jammed out to the bowler.
47.6
1
O Thomas to S Shirzad, A single to end! A yorker on middle, this is jammed out through mid-wicket for one.
47.5
1
O Thomas to Ur Rahman, On the fuller side, Mujeeb smashes it hard but to deep mid-wicket for one.
47.4
4
O Thomas to Ur Rahman, FOUR! Beats the fielder inside the circle and bags a boundary! Mujeeb joins the action. Fuller and on middle, Mujeeb hits it past the diving mid on fielder and a boundary results.
47.3
1
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Fuller this time and on off, Shirzad drags it over mid-wicket for one.
47.2
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Length and outside off, Shirzad swings but misses.
47.1
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Shorter and outside off, it is flat-batted to mid on for no runs.
46.6
1
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, Keeps strike now as he guides this through point for one.
46.5
6
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, SIX! In the air... but over this time! Good shot, this! A low full toss on middle, Shirzad gets low and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie. He also wants to present a fight.
46.4
1
C Brathwaite to Ur Rahman, He is off the mark as he pulls this through mid-wicket for one.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the last man in!

46.3
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, OUT! Once again the Brathwaite-Holder partnership combines to hunt down a wicket. West Indies are a wicket away now. CB goes fuller and around off, Rashid hits it flat towards long off. It is hit well but does not get the distance as Holder takes another good catch near the fence. Fourth wicket for CB!
46.2
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Another dot as this is just inside the tramline on the off side, Rashid leaves it thinking it is a wide. It is not.
46.1
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Swing and a miss! Slower one outside off, Rashid swings across the line and misses.
45.6
4
O Thomas to S Shirzad, FOUR! Wow, Shirzad opens his account with a delightful boundary. Very full in length around leg, Shirzad gets behind it and bludgeons it down to long on for a boundary.
45.5
1
O Thomas to R Khan, Pooran drops! A full toss on off, Rashid gets bat on ball and pumps it through the line. It goes aerial to Pooran at extra cover who puts down a sitter at the edge of the circle. A single taken.
45.4
0
O Thomas to R Khan, Another miss. Good length and wide outside off, Rashid flashes and misses.
45.3
0
O Thomas to R Khan, Big swing and a miss. This time Rashid gives the charge to the fast bowler. Tries dismissing it over the boundary line but is beaten for pace.
45.2
0
O Thomas to R Khan, Beaten! Thomas delivers it on a length outside off, Rashid though is glued inside the crease and ends up pushing and missing inside the line. The last delivery forced him to do that.
45.1
0
O Thomas to R Khan, A bouncer around middle and leg, Rashid ducks to save his life.

Sayed Shirzad to bat next. There is a bowling change as well. As expected, Oshane Thomas to operate from this end.

44.6
0
C Brathwaite to D Zadran, OUT! Sheldon redeems himself this time! This is a very good catch by him. Not sure why Zadran went for that shot though! He needed to hang out there with Rashid but fails to do so. Brathwaite bowls this fuller and on middle, Zadran looks to go big. He does not get the desired elevation and hits it flat towards wide long on. Cottrell runs to his right and takes a tumbling catch. So 11 runs did come off the over but two wickets from it. 57 in 30 needed with only two wickets in hand.
44.5
1
C Brathwaite to R Khan, A yorker outside off, Rashid jams it through point for one.
44.4
6
C Brathwaite to R Khan, SIX! Bowls one inside the tramline and Rashid tonks it over the fence. Khan ain't going down without a fight. Slower one and it is fuller in length. Rashid waits for it and lofts it over the long off fence.
44.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Three wides in a row! Brathwaite is looking to stay away from Rashid's hitting zone but is bowling it too wide outside off.
44.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Another wide as once again this is bowled outside the tramline.
44.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Way too wide outside off, Rashid lets it be. Wided.
44.3
1
C Brathwaite to D Zadran, Fuller and outside off, this is hit through covers for one.

Dawlat Zadran is the new batsman.

44.2
0
C Brathwaite to A Afghan, OUT! Yes, that is clean! This is probably the final nail in the coffin as Afghan is walking back. Brathwaite bowls a slower one and fuller in length outside off. Afghan looks to go downtown but it goes off the toe end. Holder there takes a well-judged catch just inside the ropes. The umpire does go upstairs to check and replays show that Holder has done well to stay away from the boundary line. A good innings by AA but he needed to be there till the end.