Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Tributes pour in for retiring Gayle from Windies teammates

Tributes pour in for retiring Gayle from Windies teammates

But it was Jason Holder who didn't lose hope till the end and finally grabbed the hard-fought victory.

Shah and Ali Khil refused to throw in the towel, though, frustrating the West Indies attack with a 133-run partnership.

Kemar Roach (3-37) and Carlos Brathwaite (4-63 in 9 overs) provided the breakthroughs at crucial moments to avoid an upset, which looked imminent at one point of time.

"But as a team we came together, we highlighted the guys that we thought had good performances and the guys that didn't will take the lessons and come back from it so we can start to win bilateral series leading up to the next World Cup".

Afghanistan were all out for 288 in exactly 50 overs - their highest score in the World Cup - to finish their campaign with nine straight defeats, denying their West Indian coach Phil Simmons a winning send-off.

Dawlat Zadran claimed 2-73 for Afghanistan who were sloppy on the field, dropping catch and missing run-out chance.

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The right-handed Hope faced 92 balls and struck six fours and a couple of sixes while the left-handed Lewis recorded an identical boundary count in a 78-ball knock, before holing out to wide long on in the 25th over off leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan gave a good fight by batting well and nearly matched the West Indies and came closer to the target. Pooran, after his hundred in a lost cause against Sri Lanka, was again in his elements, reaching his half-century off only 40 balls.

Dropped catches, squandered run-out opportunities and misfields marred Afghanistan's fielding, best illustrated in the final over of the West Indies innings.

"Fabian Allen! It might be the last ball of the match but you've got to love this!" "There are too many things you can pick from Chris".

They are also watching an very bad lot of cricket, and can summarise all the matches that you didn't have time to see, or can bring you into the discussion about the ones you did watch.

Brathwaite wants them to imitate England who have transformed themselves after crashing out of the 2015 World Cup, acquiring an array of strokemakers who routinely help the team to 300-plus totals.

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