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West Indies beat Afghanistan amid invasion of moths

10 November 2019

Afghanistan, that is witnessing a war, opted India as its home ground to play test, one-day and T20 series against West Indies.

Looking to close out the series following their impressive seven-wicket win in last Wednesday's opener, West Indies started strongly with Lewis and Hope putting on 98 for the first wicket.

The West Indies, though, still managed to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Afghanistan's main objective in the second ODI will be to register a sizeable total on the scoreboard. Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil were the only two batsmen who steadied the ship for them. West Indies and Afghanistan were taking on each other in the second ODI in the city. However, Rashid Khan was not successful to add any wickets to his name. The experienced Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan will be the batting mainstays for Afghanistan.

The left-hander's top score of 67 propelled West Indies to 247 for nine off their 50 overs at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium after they had been sent in by the hosts, as opener Evin Lewis extended his form with 54 and Shai Hope chipped in with 43.

Afghanistan, though, ended up constantly driving the fee inspite of stands of 53 amongst Rahmat Shah (33) and Hazratullah Zazai (23) and 68 involving Najibullah Zadran (56) and Mohammad Nabi (32). With a view to recreate such performance, Pollard and Co are doubtful to make any changes to their formidable line-up in the second ODI.

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In reply, fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and spinners Roston Chase and Hayden Walsh Jnr all took three wickets to help dismiss Afghanistan for 200 in 45.4 overs.

Roston Chase, who was the stand-out performer in the first ODI is anticipated to be the game-changer for West Indies yet again. His all-round display earned him the "Player of the Match" award. The 21-year-old is regarded as the game-changer for his national side.

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West Indies beat Afghanistan amid invasion of moths