West Indies crushed the hopes of Afghanistan squad to clinch victory in ICC World Cup 2019 and finished off their journey in style. This came after Jason Holder and team flattened the Afghani cricketers with a close margin of 23 runs in their last round-robin match at Headingley Cricket Ground on Thursday.
It was not that easy for Windies to end their World Cup journey on a winning note as at the time of second innings it felt like Afghanistan would chase the target of 312 runs comfortably. But it was Jason Holder who didn’t lose hope till the end and finally grabbed the hard-fought victory.
At the beginning of the match, West Indies won the toss against Afghanistan and decided to bat first. After this, the men in maroons got off a great start with the help of star players Evin Lewis and Shai Hope. When on one side, Lewis added 58 runs off 78 deliveries for Windies victory, Hope on the other hand, played an innings of 77 runs in 92 balls. This resulted in West Indies crossing the 300-mark easily and posted a target of 311 runs on board.
In reply, Afghanistan had a clumsy start at Yorkshire as they lost their experienced skipper Gulbadin Naib in the very first over of their innings. But all-rounder Rahmat Shah and rising star Ikram Ali Khil took the responsibility on their shoulders to lead the squad towards victory and they stitched a successful partnership. Afghans were very close to their destination but fall short by 23 runs and will be returning back home without a single win.
Despite breaking ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar’s record in the nail-biting encounter against Windies, Ikram Ali Khil was unable to take his side to the maiden victory in the ongoing grand cricket tournament. Though the young player expressed his feelings on creating a new record of scoring highest score in World Cup fixture at the age of 18-year-old. He said, “I’m very proud to have broken the record of a legend like Tendulkar. It makes me very happy”.
Here’s see some Twitter reactions on a match-winning moment for West Indies against Afghanistan in World Cup 2019:
Fans lauded youngest wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil to enter in record books:
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) July 4, 2019
Great innings by West Indies star Chris Gayle:
That's all folks. It's the END OF GAYLE in World Cups — the end of an era! It's time to finally have to grow up.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) July 4, 2019
Windies finished on a winning note
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 4, 2019
— SHANKAR BARADHWAJ (@shankar6763) July 4, 2019
Unstoppable West Indies
♦️ Shai Hope's effortless six
♦️ Jason Holder's thumping hit
♦️ Fabian Allen's one-handed grab
— ICC (@ICC) July 4, 2019
He made one of just two double-centuries at the tournament and holds the record for hitting the most sixes.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 4, 2019
— Badruddoza Badhon (@BadruddozaBadh4) July 4, 2019
With this clinical win, West Indies earned two more points in current World Cup standings but failed to improve its position whereas ill-fated Afghanistan still remains at the last position with no points.
West Indies: 311/6; Shai Hope (77), Nicholas Pooran (58), Evin Lewis (58), Carlos Brathwaite (4/63), Kemar Roach (3/37), and Chris Gayle (1/28)
Afghanistan: (288/10); Ikram Ali Khil (86), Rahmat Shah (62), Asghar Afghan (40), Dawlat Zadran (2/73), and Rashid Khan (1/52)