Hope, Chase hand West Indies series win over Afghanistan

Shai Hope splendid century and Roston Chase’s brilliant all-round performance was enough for West Indies to register five-wicket win in the second game to clinch the ODI series.

The day started with West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard winning the toss and opting to bowl first. His decision at first looked a correct one as Afghanistan lost their first five wickets for 118 runs in the 28th over.

But a brilliant partnership of 127 run between Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi saw the side make a terrible comeback in the game. The experienced played positive cricket to help Afghanistan post a modest total of 249 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Asghar Afghan finished the innings with the top score of 86 off 85 balls with the help of three fours and six sixes, whereas Mohammad Nabi scored 50 not out off 66 balls with the help of three fours and one six. Opener Hazratullah Zazai also chipped in with quick-fire half-century for the side.

For West Indies, medium-pacer Keemo Paul was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of three for 44 in his 10 overs. Spinner Roston Chase continued his excellent display with the ball and finished with figures of 1 for 24 from his ten overs.

Shai Hope and Roston Chase delivered splendid performances to help West Indies register five-wicket win in the second game of the ODI series in Lucknow

In reply, West Indies also had a poor start and lost first two wickets for just 4 runs inside the first three overs. Brandon King and Shai Hope added 64 runs to stabilize the innings. King perished in the 19th over of the innings. He scored 39 off 56 balls with the help of five fours and one six.

Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope was the standout performer with the bat for West Indies. He delivered a superlative unbeaten century to steer his side to a comfortable win. Hope put on crucial partnerships with Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase to help West Indies complete the chase in penultimate over of the innings.

Shai Hope finished the innings with the top score of 109 not out off 145 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes, whereas Roston Chase scored 42 not out off 32 balls with the help of three boundaries.

For Afghanistan, off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the best bowler on show as he claimed figures of 2 for 49 in his 10 overs.

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