Update | Windies vs Afghanistan: Regional side restrict Afghans after first ODI innings
LUCKNOW, India (CMC):
Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil both stroked enterprising half-centuries but the Windies bowlers hit back to bowl Afghanistan out for a modest 194, and take the upper hand in the opening One-Day International here this morning.
Opting to bowl first, the Windies reduced the hosts to 15 for two in the sixth over after left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell bowled Hazratullah Zazai leg-stump for nine and seamer Jason Holder (2-21) had Javed Ahmadi caught at second slip by Nicholas Pooran for five.
However, Rahmat struck a top score of 61 off 80 balls and Ikram, 58 off 62 deliveries, in a 111-run, third-wicket stand which frustrated the Windies.
Rahmat counted six fours and six while Ikram mirrored an identical boundary count before perishing in bizarre fashion the 27th over. He grounded his bat at the non-striker’s end after completing a run to mark Rahmat’s half-century but then ambled out of his crease before the ball was dead, apparently to congratulate his partner.
The Windies quickly broke the stumps and Ikram was adjudged run out.
In the same over, Najibullah Zadran (0) nicked a forward defensive prod at off-spinner Roston Chase (2-31) for Holder to take a sharp chance at slip, marking the start of the decline of the Afghan innings.
Rahmat put on a further 26 for the fifth wicket with Asghar Afghan, who made 35 off 52 deliveries, before he too fell, caught at Holder around the corner trying to scoop Chase in the 33rd over.
The Windies then pressed home their advantage, snaring the last six wickets for just 42 runs.