Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
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Windies Take Unassailable ODI Lead Over Afghanistan

Windies Take Unassailable ODI Lead Over Afghanistan

Jason Holder wears a mask while fielding during the second ODI between Afghanistan and West Indies in Lucknow.

Opting to field, West Indies bowlers came up with a fine show to bundle out Afghanistan for 194 in 45.2 overs. But easy wickets then fell before Najibullah Zadran (56) and Mohammad Nabi (32) put on 66 for the sixth wicket, hitting the insects for six. Asked to bat first, the Pollard-led side scored 247 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs.

But then, Hope (77 not out) and Chase (94) joined hands and stitched 163 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation for West Indies victory as they reached 197 for three in 46.3 overs. Shimron Hetmyer also chipped in with a quick 34. With 79/4, the hosts were in all sorts of trouble, but Nabi and Zadran rescued the side from early damage with a solid partnership.

"It feels good, been long since we have won a series".

Afghanistan's run rate then went down to snail's pace as Chase then took three wickets to run through the spine Afghanistan's batting order.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard was surprised, asking for the officials to take appropriate steps to avoid that in future. "The senior players did well, but we lost wickets in clusters". I want to go back inside and celebrate with the guys. "Winning is a habit and we need to enjoy ourselves but we will be playing to win again the day after tomorrow".

Tens of thousands of black moths and flies took over the Lucknow stadium for the day-night game and several West Indies players wore masks because of the nuisance that made batting and fielding hard. "Health is very important, so something's got to be done about that". The last ODI will be played on November 11.

West Indies won the second ODI of the three-match series by 47 runs against Afghanistan at the Ekana Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.With this win, the Caribbean team won the series by 2-0 with one match left to play.Chasing 248 runs, Afghanistan were bowled out on 200.

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