Afghanistan advances to Big Game against West Indies

 . Last updated on June 14, 2017, 5:02 PM
Afghanistan advances to Big Game against West Indies
Rashid Khan emerged as one of best ODI bowlers in the series against West Indies.


The ongoing bilateral tournament between West Indies and Afghanistan can emerge as a grand podium for Afghanistan to make a mark on international cricket. The team is with players who are strong enough to topple a team like West Indies, but meek enough to ask prayers from spectators. In the first ODI against West Indies, the team nicked a 63-run victory. It was much for Rashid Khan, who scalped 7 wickets for 18 runs taking his team to the reach the feat. Their previous T20 campaign against the same team was a haywire losing it for a whitewash. Afghanistan lost the series by 0-3 to West Indies, the Champions in the format.

The new bee in international cricket, Afghanistan is on their maiden tour to West Indies. They lost the T20, but a win in ODI series will be a massive achievement for the team. The indications so far are stronger on their side with a remarkable victory in the first match. In the second match, West Indies nicked a narrow victory. They posed 135 as the target for West Indies, which they could not defend. The home team won by four wickets, but it was not an easy stretch for them. The prime bet for West Indies was Shai Hope, who knocked an unbeaten 48 to reach the winning mark. Rashid emerged as a strong bowler defending Afghanistan.

The third match will be a decisive one. West Indies must contain the advances of Rashid and his stance on their batsmen. If Afghanistan somehow creates another strong bowling option to help the primary attack, West Indies would have harder times to tackle the visitors. However, Afghanistan has less options on batting fronts with a weak front line up. Javed Amadi and Gulbadin Naib batted as the strongest options in the team. On the other side, West Indies could quality for World Cup 2019 direct entry. The team lost its strength in the 50 over format, but is still one of the invincible in T20.

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