Commentry

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So that's it from us for this game. Afghanistan have scripted a famous victory against West Indies and they have taken the initial lead in the 3-match ODI series. The hosts will look to bounce back as they take them on again in the second game at the same venue on 11th June at 1430 local (1830 GMT). Join us for it. Until then, cheers and goodbye!

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Man of the Match, Rashid Khan thanks the Almighty for his performance. Adds that after losing three T20I games, it was great to come back in such a manner. Feels that the wicket was not that good for the batsmen for scoring quick runs. Adds that their bowlers bowled good lines and lengths which made it difficult for the batsmen. Mentions that he practices well in the nets with the coaching staff and thankfully the results are showing on the field. Ends by dedicating this victory to the victims of the Kabul attack. Wishes that this win will bring happiness to his nation.

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Afghanistan skipper, Asghar Stanikzai thanks the Almighty for the victory. Reckons that it is a really good day for them as they won their first game of the tour. Mentions that the target was good enough as he trusted his bowlers to defend it. Adds that they are looking forward to playing positive cricket in the upcoming games. Acknowledges the performances of Javed Ahmadi who took responsibility in the middle. Credits Rashid Khan for his brilliant spell and proving what a brilliant talent he is.

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West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says that they were not good enough. Feels that they lacked energy and were lethargic. Mentions that the intent was missing when they came out to bat. Further adds that they were 20 odd after first 10 overs and didn't get any sort of momentum and opines that it is not acceptable at all. Reckons that it is a wake-up call for them and they need to work harder. States that they need to be professional in the coming games. Ends by saying that they were not good enough today.

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Earlier in the day, Afghanistan opted to bat first and some heroics from Gulbadin Naib and Javed Ahmadi helped them cross the 200-run mark after a really shabby start to the game. The decision to bat first worked well for them as the outfield got slower in the latter part of the game. Stay tuned for the presentation.

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The young leggie picked a couple of wickets in each of his first two overs to shatter the hosts. No one could really read the ball as Rashid Khan kept spitting venom throughout his spell. He ended with his best ODI figures of 8.4-1-18-7. Alzarri Joseph and Jonathan Carter showed some resistance but the game was long lost by then.

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A fantastic performance by Afghanistan with the ball has handed them a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series against West Indies. After posting a decent total on the board, they needed to start really well with the ball. Dawlat Zadran and Mohammad Nabi did not disappoint as they kept the pressure on the batsmen who could hardly score any runs. None of the West Indian batsman except Shai Hope looked comfortable in the middle and once Rashid Khan arrived, the misery got even worse.

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Rashid Khan to Miguel Cummins

OUT! Rashid finishes with a 7-wicket haul! He has been sensational tonight and kudos to him for putting up such an entertaining display. Slips in the googly on middle, spins away slightly. Cummins fails to read it, gets beaten on the defense and the furniture behind him gets shattered. A dismal performance from the Windies. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 63 RUNS!

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Rashid Khan to Miguel Cummins

The change of angle almost does the trick! Tosses it around off, spins away sharply. Cummins prods forward to counter it but is beaten all ends up. That wasn't far from the off stump.

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Rashid Khan to Miguel Cummins

Floated in line of the stumps, defended off the front foot.

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Rashid Khan to Miguel Cummins

Bowls this one around leg stump, Cummins looks to play it across but misses to get hit on the pads. A confident appeal for an LBW but the umpire shakes his head. Replays show it pitched outside leg.

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Gulbadin Naib to Shannon Gabriel

Another slower one and on middle, Shannon defends it to the left side of the bowler.

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Gulbadin Naib to Shannon Gabriel

Slower delivery outside off, Gabriel fails to read it and is late in bringing his bat down.

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Gulbadin Naib to Miguel Cummins

Fullish in line of the stumps, Miguel jams it to mid on for a run.

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Gulbadin Naib to Miguel Cummins

Slower delivery on middle and leg, Cummins looks to nudge it but misses to get hit on the pads. That was surely going down leg.

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Gulbadin Naib to Miguel Cummins

The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. The umpire has signalled a wide. Two in a row.

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Gulbadin Naib to Miguel Cummins

Wide! Bowls this one way outside off, Miguel is not bothered by it.

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Gulbadin Naib to Miguel Cummins

Fullish delivery on middle and off, Cummins strides forward to defend it.

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Gulbadin Naib to Shannon Gabriel

Back of a length delivery outside off, Gabriel steers it down to third man for a single.

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Rashid Khan to Shannon Gabriel

Fullish outside off, Gabriel drags his heave through mid on. A run taken.

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