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Bowlers set up convincing six wicket win for West Indies

Sunil Narine (left) celebrating the wicket of Shafiqullah
Sunil Narine (left) celebrating the wicket of Shafiqullah

West Indies 114-4 (Samuels 35) beat
Afghanistan 110 (Narine 3-11) by six wickets
First Twenty20 International at Warner Park

Sunil Narine registered figures of 11 for three as a collective effort from West Indies bowlers saw them dismiss Afghanistan for 110 following which the home side completed the chase in 16.3 overs with six wickets in hand in the first Twenty20 International to claim a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Usman Ghani (8) and Gulbadin Naib (12) scored four boundaries in the first three overs to take the score to 20 for naught.

Samuel Badree (1-19) provided the breakthrough when he castled Naib and in the next over Ghani was run out while Kesrick Williams (2-19) had Asghar Stanikzai (5) caught and bowled. The score was down to 26 for three at the end of five overs.

From there on Afghanistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals as they slipped to 58 for eight following which Rashid Khan (33) and Amir Hamza (21) provided late fight with their 36-run stand for the ninth wicket. Rashid struck two apiece of six and four as Afghanistan reached 110 before they were dismissed in the final ball of the innings.

West Indies started the innings positively with Chadwick Walton (22) hitting four boundaries in the first two overs while Evin Lewis (26) followed it with a six and a four in the third over by the end of which the home side were 29 for naught.

Even though, Walton fell to Shapoor Zadran (2-30), Lewis and Marlon Samuels (35) plundered three sixes between them to take the score to 62 for one after seven overs before Karim Janat (1-12) had the left-hander caught at deep midwicket.

Even though, West Indies lost Lendl Simmons (6) and Samuels at the stroke of victory, Jason Mohammed (18 not out) with his 25-ball knock helped the home side complete the chase in 16.3 overs. Narine was awarded the man of the match for his brilliant bowling figures.

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