Windies get past Rashid scare to level series against Afghanistan

Shai Hope played a crucial unbeaten knock of 48 as West Indies overcame another scare from Rashid Khan to win the second One-Day International in St Lucia by four wickets while chasing 136 runs.

West Indies were forced into one change with seam bowling all-rounder Rovman Powell replacing the injured Miguel Cummins from the team that capitulated to the bowling of Rashid Khan in the first match - the leg-spinner's haul of seven for 18 being the fourth best-ever bowling figures in the 46-year-history of ODI's.

Choosing to bat first, Afghanistan were in trouble right from the get-go as captain Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph carved through their top and middle order easily.

At that point he had taken 4-1 and he added the scalp of Ashley Nurse shortly after to have the hosts tottering at 90-7.

Javed Ahmadi top scored for Afghanistan with 81, but the night belonged to Rashid, who dedicated his man of the match award to the victims of the recent Kabul bomb blast.

Earlier, Afghanistan imploded in their batting effort as they were bowled out for paltry 135 in the 38th over.

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He never really dominated the bowling and when he eventually departed in the 37th over with the score at 131 for five, Afghanistan were desperately in need of acceleration.

Surprisingly brought on as the sixth bowler by his captain, Asghar Stanikzai, with the West Indies at 68 for two after 22 overs, Afghanistan's premier bowler had an instant, devastating impact, removing Jason Mohammed and debutant Roston Chase with his first two deliveries.

His enterprising innings off 73 balls included two sixes and two fours, saving his side from complete humiliation after they were 51 for six when he came to the crease.

The other bowlers contributed in the game were Dawlat Zadran who took 2 wickets, Gulbaddin Naib took 1 wicket, Mohammad Nabi, Amir Hamza, and Samiullah Shenwari could not take any wicket.

"I knew on this pitch a total of 220 would have given us a chance", a delighted Stanikzai said.

  • Regina Holmes