Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Afghanistan v West Indies

Afghanistan v West Indies

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib will marshal his troops once again and will hope his spinners weave their magic one last time before they head back home.

Gayle has spoken about prolonging his global career beyond this tournament though the 39-year-old's innings here - after the Windies won the toss and chose to bat first - was nearly certainly his worldwide swansong in England.

Certain to finish in last place in the Cricket World Cup standings, Afghanistan can still sign off on a high note by beating West Indies for its first win of the 2019 tournament.

In reply, Alikhil put on 133 for the second wicket with Rahmat Shah (62) and there were notable contributions by Najibullah Zadran and Asghar Afghan but ultimately they did not have the batting firepower to get them over the line.

The 39-year-old Gayle was expected to announce his retirement from global cricket following the ICC World Cup in England, but never followed through on those plans and instead targeted India's tour of the West Indies as his final appearance.

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However, Hope, who became the first batsman to record first-class centuries in both innings of a match at this ground two years ago, capitalised on being dropped on five to top-score with 77 in the Windies' 311 for six.

Pooran (58 off 43 balls) and Holder (45 off 34 balls) added 105 runs in 71 balls to take the total past 300-run mark. Kemar Roach (3 for 37) and Carlos Brathwaite (4 for 63) shared seven wickets between them as Afghanistan were bowled out for 288 in 50 overs.

Shai Hope is on 50 - his third half-century at this World Cup - and Shimron Hetmyer is on 29 off 19 balls. Hetmyer made 39 from 31 balls featuring three fours and two sixes. West Indies made a promising start with a seven-wicket win over Pakistan, who then made a remarkable comeback to stay afloat in the tournament, but faltered after that with six losses and a wash out.

Morning and welcome to live coverage of Afghanistan v West Indies from Headingley.

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