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Mujeeb, Shahzad stun Windies as Afghanistan emerge winners in ICC World Cup Qualifiers final

Afghanistan are the winners of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 tournament
Afghanistan are the winners of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 tournament

Afghanistan 206-3 (Shahzad 84) beat
Windies 204 (Mujeed 4-43) by seven wickets
Final, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Harare

Mohammad Shahzad scored a blistering 84 after Mujeeb ur Rahman claimed a four-wicket haul as Afghanistan defeated Windes by seven wickets in the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 tournament in Harare.

This is Afghanistan's second win over Windies in the tournament after beating them in the Super Sixes stage as well. Both the teams have already progressed to the World Cup 2019 having finished top two.

Chasing a modest score of 205, Shahzad (84) smashed six boundaries and two maximums in the first nine overs to take Afghanistan to 58 for naught. Keemo Paul (1-29) provided Windies with the breakthrough when Gulbadin Naib (14) nicked to the slip but Shahzad went on to complete a 45-ball fifty.

Shahzad and Rahmat Shah (51) literally closed the doors on Windies with their 90-run stand for the second wicket as Afghanistan inched closer to the 150-run mark in 30 overs.

Rahmat went on to complete his 11th ODI fifty but Chris Gayle (2-38) provided something to celebrate for the Caribbean side when he had Shahzad caught at mid off and also had Rahmat stumped.

However, by then the damage was already done with Afghanistan needing just 35 more runs to win which Samiullah Shenwari (20 not out) and Mohammad Nabi (27 not out) achieved in a span of 26 deliveries.

Earlier, Evin Lewis (27) and Shai Hope (23) consolidated for Windies after the early departure of Gayle (10) but a double strike from Gulbadin Naib (2-28) sent Lewis and Marlon Samuels (17) back.

From there on only Shimron Hetmyer (38), Rovman Powell (44) and Ashley Nurse (26 not out) showed some fight but Mujeeb (4-43) cleaned the lower order including three wickets in the 47th over to wrap up Windies for 204 in 46.5 overs.

Shahzad was named the man of the match while Zimbabwe's Sikandar Raza was named the player of the series.

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