Pooran, bowlers lead WI to ODI series win


LUCKNOW: A 50-ball 67 from Nicolas Pooran, followed by three-wicket hauls from Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase and Hayden Walsh, helped West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs in their second One-day International here on Saturday.The victory wrapped up the ODI series win for West Indies – their first since August 2014 – with a game to play.Shai Hope and Evin Lewis got West Indies off to a watchful start, with the pair putting on 98 before Hope was trapped lbw by Rashid Khan in the 25th over. Lewis’s stay at the crease for 54 came to an end in the very next over, and Chase followed in the 35th over to leave West Indies on 137-3.It was Pooran who injected some impetus into proceedings, with his half-century featuring seven fours and three sixes. With others around him struggling to find the boundary as the innings progressed, it was largely thanks to Pooran that West Indies managed to find some respectability with a total of 247-9.All the Afghan bowlers celebrated a wicket, with Naveen-ul-Haq picking up three despite conceding over a run a ball.Cottrell made an early breakthrough with the dismissal of Javed Ahmadi in the opening over, and while Hazratullah Zazai (23), Rahmat Shah (33) and Ikram Ali Khil (19) made starts, regular wickets kept Afghanistan at bay. The miserly Chase accounted for three of the top five, and ended the innings having conceded just 30 runs from his allocation of 10 overs.The most productive partnership for Afghanistan came with the 68 put on by Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi. Najibullah top-scored for his side with a 66-ball 56, but his dismissal from the final ball of the 39th over was followed by Nabi’s from the next ball of the innings, with Walsh collecting his first dismissal.The wrist-spinner added two more to his collection, with Rashid out for two and the final wicket of the innings, Sharafuddin Ashraf sent back for 13 to give West Indies the match and series. While West Indies will rejoice having broken an unwanted streak of ODI series losses, Afghanistan’s match-losing streak in ODIs has been extended to 11.The final match of the series will take place on Monday (tomorrow).Score BoardAfghanistan won tossWest Indies†S Hope lbw b Rashid 43E Lewis b Javed 54S Hetmyer c Javed b Nabi 34R Chase b Mujeeb 9N Pooran c Sharafuddin b Naveen 67K Pollard c & b Sharafuddin 3*J Holder run out 9R Shepherd c Sharafuddin b Naveen 6A Joseph not out 1H Walsh c Rashid b Naveen 4Extras (lb 6, w 11) 17Total (9 wickets, 50 overs) 247Did not bat: SS CottrellFall: 1-98, 2-106, 3-137, 4-156, 5-160, 6-182, 7-232, 8-242, 9-247Bowling: Mujeeb 10-1-52-1; Naveen 9-0-60-3; Sharafuddin 9-1-37-1; Nabi 10-2-37-10; Rashid 10-0-45; Javed 2-0-10-1AfghanistanHazratullah Zazai c Cottrell b Chase 23Javed Ahmadi c & b Cottrell 0Rahmat Shah run out 33†Ikram Alikhil c Holder b Chase 19Asghar Afghan c Lewis b Chase 3Najibullah Zadran c Pooran b Cottrell 56Mohammad Nabi lbw b Walsh 32*Rashid Khan st Pooran b Walsh 2Sharafuddin Ashraf c Hetmyer b Walsh 13Mujeeb Ur Rahman c Shepherd b Cottrell 0Naveen-ul-Haq not out 8Extras (lb 8, nb 1, w 2) 11Total (all out, 45.4 overs) 200Fall: 1-1, 2-54, 3-61, 4-79, 5-109, 6-177, 7-177, 8-184, 9-185, 10-200Bowling: Cottrell 9-0-29-3; Holder 10-1-52-0; Chase 10-0-30-3; Joseph 6-0-22-0; Shepherd 3-0-22-0; Pollard 1-0-1-0; Walsh 6.4-0-36-3Result: West Indies won by 47 runsMan of the Match: Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen and Izatullah Safi (Afghanistan). TV Umpire: Bismillah Jan Shinwari (Afghanistan). Match Referee: Chris Broad (England)
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