Multiple players got 50s against the former champions, West Indies, as the Afghan boys went up against them in a thriller of a match. After Afghanistan gave a target of 190, it seemed like the West Indian batting line up could achieve that easily, given the conditions of the ground. Alas, they were bowled out at only 133.
Although the match was a warm up match, it showed the clear gaps in the West Indies bowling attack and also the imbalanced batting line up.
Afghanistan’s Zazai and Shahzad both scored 50s, scoring 56 and 54, respectively. While, from the bowling side, the big man, Mohammad Nabi took 3 wickets conceding only 2 runs for it. Bowling a whopping 22 dot balls out of a total of 24 balls, Nabi lit up the Afghan faces. With a rate of 91.67% dot balls, Nabi is becoming one of the most dangerous bowlers in this world cup.
With a horrible start, West Indies after 7 overs were at only 27 runs, and had lost 3 major wickets. Chase scored an unbeaten 54* after Pooran lost out at 35. Even a returning Andre Russell couldn’t save the Indies in this match, with most of his shots not connecting properly with his bat.
The former champs enter the tournament now with both warm up matches lost, one against Pakistan and the second against Afghanistan