In spite of the triumph, double cross previous victors West Indies stay second-base of the 10-group table
LEEDS: Chris Gayle evacuated Afghanistan top-scorer Ikram Alikhil with his agreeable off-breaks as the West Indies verified only their second win of a rebuking World Cup crusade on Thursday.
The Caribbean side scored 311 for six in their 50 overs in Leeds and despite the fact that the Afghans set up a fearless battle, they at last went somewhere around 23 runs.
Gayle, in all likelihood playing in his last World Cup coordinate at 39 years old, fizzled with the bat yet hit with the ball, catching Alikhil LBW for 86 in the 36th over to put a gigantic mark in Afghanistan’s thin any desires for triumph.
Notwithstanding the triumph, double cross previous victors West Indies stay second-base of the 10-group table and will sneak home with only two successes from nine matches.
Afghanistan have gleamed in spells during just their subsequent World Cup — going close against India and Pakistan — yet head home with a crippling nine annihilations out of nine.
The West Indies, who crushed 111 keeps running of the last 10 overs, had commander Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran to thank for their speeding up after strong commitments from Evin Lewis (58), Shai Hope (77) and Shimron Hetmyer (39).
Gayle was gotten behind after a cut against Dawlat Zadran for only seven and remains 10 runs shy of Brian Lara’s unequaled West Indian record of 10,348 one-day worldwide runs.
Pooran got where he left off against Sri Lanka, hitting 58 to add to his century in a losing cause not long ago, Holder crushed a quickfire 45 while Carlos Brathwaite lashed 14 off four balls.
In answer, Alikhil put on 133 for the second wicket with Rahmat Shah (62) and there were prominent commitments by Najibullah Zadran and Asghar Afghan in any case they didn’t have the batting capability to get them over the line.
Paceman Kemar Roach was the pick of the West Indies bowlers, completing with figures of 3-37 in his 10 overs.
West Indies started the competition with a thorough seven-wicket win against Pakistan and many tipped them as dim steeds for the title, with a power-stuffed batting lineup and fearsome pace assault.
Be that as it may, they have been blunder inclined and dull, neglecting to transform their promising positions into solid outcomes.
Afghanistan will head home with more understanding under their belts yet with real issues over their batting quality and their absence of value crease bowlers.
Indeed, even exceptionally appraised leg-spinner Rashid Khan finished the competition with only six wickets subsequent to taking 1-52 on Thursday.