Agency, 5 July : Shai Hope’s 77 runs before a four-wicket haul by Carlos Brathwaite helped West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Headingley on Thursday.
It was the last for both Afghanistan and West Indies at the CWC 2019 as both did not qualify for the semi-finals. West Indies started the tournament on a high note as they beat Pakistan by seven wickets and were riding on high hopes. But sadly did not have a fairytale ending and by the business end of the tournament are placed on number nine of the ICC Cricket 2019 Points table with five points.
After winning the toss, West Indies elected to bat first. All eyes were on Chris Gayle who was playing his last World Cup game. As mentioned ahead of the match, Gayle intended to get a century, but alas was sent packing on seven. However, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope stitched 88 runs for the side. Lewis (58), Shai Hope (77) and Nicholas Pooran (58) scored half-centuries each. Jason Holder chipped in with 45 runs and put up 311 runs.
While chasing, Gulbadin Naib got out early. Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali Khali made 62 and 86 runs respectively. Najibullah Zadran and Asghar Afghan made 31 and 40 runs respectively. But none of the other batsmen could stay longer on the field and the team fell 23 runs short despite Afghanistan putting up a great fight.
Shai Hope won the Man of the Match Award for 77 runs. With this, there is no change in the ICC Points Table 2019 as West Indies remains on number nine and Afghanistan stays at the bottom of the table with 0 points.
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