ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Date & Time: 04 July 2019
RR: 5.76 | West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs
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.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the last man in!
Sayed Shirzad to bat next. There is a bowling change as well. As expected, Oshane Thomas to operate from this end.
Dawlat Zadran is the new batsman.
Is that caught cleanly? Jason Holder has taken a skier near the long off fence. Has he touched the boundary line? He's sure and is celebrating with his teammates.
Carlos Brathwaite is back into the attack. There was an initial thought of giving this over to Oshane Thomas. Maybe, from the other end.
Rashid Khan's turn to bat. His last opportunity in this World Cup to impress.
Powerplay 3 time! The umpire signals for it and now West Indies can have a maximum of 5 fielders outside the ring till the end. Jason Holder returns into the attack and will be bowling from the 'round the wicket angle.
Samiullah Shinwari is the new batsman.
Kemar Roach is back into the attack!
Mohammad Nabi arrives in the middle. 118 needed off 85 balls.
Asghar Afghan comes out to bat.
DRS time! Ikram Ali Khil has been adjudged lbw. He walks up to his partner and decides to take the review at the last moment. Looks quite straight, this. Only an inside edge can save him. No bat on the Ultra Edge. Ball Tracker confirms that everything is right and it's hitting the stumps.
Sheldon Cottrell is back!
Drinks break. What a chase this is turning out to be! Brave batting by Afghanistan so far. The century stand for the second wicket has really given them a platform and Ikram Ali Khil holds the key. He has got an able partner in Najibullah Zadran and together they are going quite well. The asking rate though is just over 8 now and they will have to keep that under check. Mouthwatering finish on the cards.
Stumping appeal is referred upstairs. It seems that the keeper has not collected the ball cleanly and broken the stumps with his gloves. Oh yes, the replays confirm the same and Ikram Ali Khil gets a lifeline.
Promotion for Najibullah Zadran. He has shown decent form in this tournament. In his last knock of 42 against Pakistan, he was involved in a few handy stands. Needs to do exactly that again.
Change in the bowling attack. The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, is warming up and getting ready to bowl. There is a buzz around the stadium. People just love to see him in action.
Jason Holder to continue from this end...
Carlos Brathwaite is on now!
This is a danger period for Rahmat Shah! His last four scores are 35, 24, 36 and 46. This suggests that Rahmat usually throws away his start at this time of his innings. He is on 38 at the moment.
Drinks break. So far so good from Afghanistan in this big run chase. After an early blow, they have recovered well through this partnership between Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali Khil. West Indies have been quite inconsistent with their bowling and have not managed to create enough pressure. 232 needed off 198 balls and this match is still very much in the balance.
Time for some spin! Fabian Allen to roll his arm now. He is the only genuine spinner in the XI for West Indies. In the last match against Sri Lanka, he did well to bowl an economical spell and then impressed one and all with his batting prowess. Can he provide the breakthrough here?
Jason Holder is on now!
Powerplay 2 begins! Now, West Indies can have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the circle till the 40th over. At the moment, the maroon team has three.
Oshane Thomas is on now!
Ikram Ali Khil is the number 3 batsman.
Kemar Roach to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The West Indies players are in a huddle as the Afghanistan openers, Gulbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah, pass by them. The Windies players now make their way out to the middle. Naib will be on strike and he will be facing Sheldon Cottrell who has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...