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WC Qualifiers: Afghanistan Beat WI in Warm-Up Match

HARARE: Afghanistan has beaten West Indies by 29 runs in the warm-up game of Worl Cup Qualifier on Tuesday.

West Indies opted to bowl first after winning the toss. West Indies appeared to have the contest in their pocket after reducing Afghanistan to 71 for 8 in 23 overs.

Rashid Khan was the stand-in captain for Asghar Stanikzai, who has been hospitalised with appendicitis.

Afghanistan appeared rudderless as the left-arm seamer, Sheldon Cottrell, set the tone with two wickets in the first five overs of the match.

But Afghanistan’s spirit is redoubtable at the best of times, and when Samiullah Shenwari and Gulbadin Naib came together in a ninth-wicket stand of 91 in 11.5 overs, Afghanistan found themselves back in the contest.

With bad weather reducing the match to a 35-over affair, West Indies lost Gayle and Shai Hope early as they chased a revised total of 140, but Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels appeared to have steadied the pursuit with a stand of 44, ESPN reported.

However, Sharafuddin Ashraf bagged Lewis and Jason Mohammed for a duck in the space of four balls to leave West Indies teetering on 80 for 4, and when Shapoor Zadran added Samuels for 34 three overs later, the writing was on the wall.

Dawlat Zadran returned to rip through the tail with final figures of 4 for 26, which included a hat-trick that saw the end of Shimron Hetmyer.

Captain Rashid Khan – the newly crowned No.1 bowler in ODI and T20I cricket – subsequently sniped out the final two West Indies wickets with his leg-spin

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