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Rashid Khan's seven wicket haul sinks West Indies

Rashid Khan (centre) celebrating the wicket of Ashley Nurse (right)
Rashid Khan (centre) celebrating the wicket of Ashley Nurse (right)

Afghanistan 212-6 (Ahmadi 81) beat
West Indies 149 (Rashid 7-18) by 63 runs
First One-Day International in St Lucia

Rashid Khan registered his career best figures of 18 for seven as Afghanistan claimed a 1-0 lead in the three-match series following their 63-run victory in the first One-Day International against West Indies in St Lucia.

Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Jason Holder (1-65) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Noor Ali Zadran (5) caught in the slips.

Javed Ahmadi (81) and Rahmat Shah (17) consolidated the innings adding 55 runs for the second as Afghanistan reached 66 for one at the end of the 20 overs.

Just when Ahmadi was stepping up the accelerator and reached his fifty off 72 balls, Afghanistan lost Asghar Stanikzai (2) and Shah. Ahmadi fell 19 runs short of a deserving century on a relatively tough pitch as the visitors were struggling at 154 for six.

However, Mohammad Nabi (27 not out) along with a 28-ball blinder from Gulbadin Naib (41 not out) ensured Afghanistan reached 212 for six in the 50 overs with their unbeaten 58 run stand that came off just 44 deliveries.

In their chase, West Indies lost Kieran Powell (2) early, when he was trapped LBW by Dawlat Zadran (2-25). Even though, Shai Hope (35) and Evin Lewis (21) showed a lot of fight, the introduction of Rashid (7-18) changed the complexion of the innings.

Hope, Jason Mohammed (7), Roston Chase (0), Holder (0), Nurse (12), Alzarri Joseph (27) and Miguel Cummins (5) were the victims of Rashid as West Indies were bowled out for 149 runs. Rashid was awarded the player of the match as Afghanistan went on to claim a 1-0 lead in the series following the 63 run win.

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