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Afghanistan stretch West Indies in chase of 136 runs

Shai Hope (right) was the saviour for West Indies in the second ODI
Shai Hope (right) was the saviour for West Indies in the second ODI

West Indies 138-6 (Hope 48no) beat
Afghanistan 135 (Naib 51) by four wickets
Second One-Day International in St Lucia

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.

This also means the series is now levelled at 1-1 with the third game and final game to begin on Wednesday.

Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first. A tight opening spell from the West Indies bowlers saw Jason Holder (2-38) taking a return catch to dismiss Noor Ali Zadran (8) while Javed Ahmadi (9) was run out.

Shannon Gabriel (2-25) with his additional pace accounted for Rahmat Shah (1) and Samiullah Shenwari (1) before leaving off the field with a side strain. At the end of 11 overs, Afghanistan were placed 39 for four.

Asghar Stanikzai (11) and Mohammad Nabi (13) tried to consolidated the innings but soon both became victims of Alzarri Joseph (2-15) off successive overs. At one stage, Afghanistan were looking out to be dismissed under 100 but Gulbadin Naib (51) provided some respite for the visitors with his 73-ball knock to ensure they reached 135 before getting dismissed in 37.3 overs.

West Indies started the innings with a lot of promise scoring 37 runs in the six overs before the dinner break with Evin Lewis (33) being the major contributor.

On what turned out to be a comfortable chase, went serious on resumption when Rashid (3-26) was introduced. He dismiss both the openers, Kieran Powell (12) and Lewis to leave West Indies in a spot of bother at 55 for two.

Naib (2-15) carry forwarded the momentum from the first innings and went on to dismiss Jonathan Carter (2) and Jason Mohammed (2) while Rashid went on to claim his third wicket when Roston Chase (9) was stumped.

When every run need to be earned, Hope (48 not out) showed a lot of character and was well supported by Rovman Powell (17) in their brief 25 run stand. Just when 13 runs were needed, Powell charged Nabi (1-33) and holed out in the deep but Hope and Holder (11 not out) ensured they saw West Indies through in what was a testing chase.

Hope was awarded the man of the match for his valiant knock.

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