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West Indies wins its 1st ODI series in 5 years

November 9, 2019

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — West Indies won its first ODI series in five years after beating Afghanistan by 47 runs in their second one-day international on Saturday.

West Indies took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The final game is scheduled for Monday.

″(It) feels good. We haven’t won a series for a long time (and) it was on our minds back home,” said West Indies captain Kieron Pollard, who is leading the ODI team for the first time.

Afghanistan’s batters continued to struggle against West Indies pace and spin and was bowled out for 200 with more than four overs to spare.

Off-spinner Roston Chase (3-30) helped to mop up the top order before seamer Sheldon Cottrell (3-29) and leg-spinner Hayden Walsh (3-36) ran through the lower middle-order and the tail. The defeat stretched Afghanistan’s losing streak in ODIs to 11 matches in a row.

Top-scorer Najibullah Zadran (56) and Mohammad Nabi (32) shared 68 runs for the sixth wicket but both went in successive overs as Afghanistan lost its last five wickets for only 23 runs.

Earlier, after being put in to bat, Nicholas Pooran smashed 67 off 50 balls to help West Indies reach 247-9. West Indies had been reduced to 182-6 after openers Evin Lewis (54) and Shai Hope (43) put on 98 runs.

“In the middle order we faltered a bit after the opening stand but can’t fault the boys,” Pollard said. “We just want to soak in the feeling of winning a series. We’re going to enjoy the series win, but then it’s back to business.”

Lewis and Hope denied the four-pronged Afghanistan spin attack until midway through the innings when skipper Rashid Khan finally broke the stand in his fourth over by trapping Hope leg before wicket. Lewis followed in the next over when off-spinner Javed Ahmadi had him clean bowled around his legs.

Chase, who hit 94 in the first ODI in West Indies’ seven-wicket win on Wednesday, was again clean bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rehman while trying to pull the unorthodox spinner over midwicket.

Although Afghanistan kept on taking wickets, Pooran took charge in the last six overs before he fell in the last over while attempting to clear the long-off fence.

Pooran hit seven fours and three sixes in his blistering knock that gave West Indies enough runs to record its first ODI series victory since it beat Bangladesh at home in 2014.

“The first 40 overs we bowled well (but) after that we lost the momentum,” Rashid said.

“I think we have the talent, we need to believe in ourselves. I think that is what we are lacking and once we get that, we can beat any side.”

Afghanistan is hosting the West Indies in this northern Indian city for three ODIs, followed by three T20s and a one-off test.

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